Windows Server 2016 Win+X PowerShell

I recently decided to build a new Domain Controller for my lab (a.k.a. Family). I chose to install Server 2016 since I’ll need to be familiar with it as it becomes more common in my work labs. I noticed right away that pressing Win + X ( or right clicking the start menu) offers a command prompt instead of PowerShell. I expected it to contain PowerShell like Windows 10’s menu. I checked one of my 2012 servers at work and realized that it too had Command Prompt; I suspect this might be a server feature.

As it turns out this is a simple behavior to fix. If you right-click the taskbar and select Settings (Properties in 2012 R2, then Navigation) there is an option to replace the command prompt with PowerShell at the flick of a switch.

Context Menu with Command Prompt
Context Menu with Command Prompt
Taskbar Context Menu
Taskbar Context Menu (Select Settings)
Taskbar Settings (See Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell)
Taskbar Settings (See Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell…)
PowerShell on Windows Context Menu
PowerShell on Windows Context Menu

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