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Show Command Prompt or PowerShell in Win+X Power User Tasks Menu in Windows 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to have either the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell items show in your Win+X Power User Tasks menu in Windows 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Win+X menu with Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell

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Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell OPTION ONE Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell
Command Prompt or PowerShell in WIN+X in Navigation Properties

1.
From your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on the Navigation tab, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

3. To Show "Command Prompt" Items on +X Menu

A) Under Corner navigation, uncheck the Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X box, and click/tap on OK.

4. To Show "Windows PowerShell" Items on +X Menu
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Under Corner navigation, check the Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X box, and click/tap on OK.


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Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell OPTION TWO Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell
Show Command Prompt or PowerShell in WIN+X using a BAT File


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The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

DontUsePowerShellOnWinX DWORD

0 = Show "Windows PowerShell"
1 = Show "Command Prompt"


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Show "Windows PowerShell" Items on +X Menu
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_PowerShell_in_Win-X.bat


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3. To Show "Command Prompt" Items on +X Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_Command_Prompt_in_Win-X.bat


download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file, then double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run and Yes (UAC).

7. You will now notice a command prompt open and your screen flash as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.




That's it,
Shawn