#PSTip Windows 8.1 Win+X Menu: PowerShell in, Command Prompt out!

Note: This tip requires Windows 8.1 or above.

The Power user menu (Win+X keyboard shortcut) introduced in Windows 8 provides quick access to various admin tools.


Starting in Windows 8.1 you can now replace the Command Prompt menu entries with PowerShell.  Right-click the Taskbar > Go to Properties and then to the Navigation tab.


After you check the option the menu will look like:


Explore the other options on the navigation tab; a few new options has been added to 8.1.

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4 Responses to "#PSTip Windows 8.1 Win+X Menu: PowerShell in, Command Prompt out!"

  1. Here’s script to enable PowerShell.

    $PowerShellPath = “registry::HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced”
    $PowerShellKey = “DontUsePowerShellOnWinX”

    # Check Win + X Shell Status
    (Get-ItemProperty -Path $PowerShellPath).$PowerShellKey

    # Enable PowerShell on Win + X
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $PowerShellPath -Name $PowerShellKey -Value 0 -PassThru

    # Restart Explorer.exe then change take effect
    Get-Process | where Name -eq Explorer |Stop-Process -Force -PassThru | %{Start-Process C:Windowsexplorer.exe}

  2. KERR says:

    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\ -Name DontUsePowerShellOnWinX -Value 0

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