The command prompt is still alive and well in Windows 10, and here’s how you can use and control it.
Yes, Windows 10 is packed with lots of GUI features, but that doesn’t mean the command prompt is a has-been. Even in Windows 10, the command prompt remains an effective tool for running certain commands and accessing certain features. Though the command prompt has remained more or less the same over the years, you will find some new tricks up its sleeve in Windows 10. So, what can you do with the command prompt and how can you manage and control it to make it easier to use? Let’s look at how to tame the command prompt in Windows 10.
First off, the command you use to open a command shell from the Windows Power Users menu (the menu that appears when you right-click on the Start button) differs based on your version of Windows 10. In the original version and the Anniversary Update, the command is known as Command Prompt. And launching that command places you at the familiar prompt that’s been around since the early days of Windows. In the Spring Creators Update released in April 2017, Microsoft replaced the Command Prompt command with PowerShell in the Power Users menu. Right-click on the Start button to display the menu. If you have an earlier version of Windows 10, the menu displays entries for Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin). If you have the Spring Creators Update, the menu displays entries for PowerShell and PowerShell (Admin).
What’s the difference between Command Prompt and PowerShell? Command Prompt is the same tool as always, allowing you to run commands, execute batch files, and more.