Using PowerShell as the Shell on Windows Server Core

With PowerShell becoming one of the most important tools in a Windows administrator’s tool bag as well as really becoming the best prompt to use on Windows Server Core, I thought it was about time I documented how to change the command prompt that opens when you log into Server Core with a PowerShell prompt.

To complete this requires two steps:

  1. Enable/Install PowerShell on the Windows 2008 R2 Server Core computer
  2. Update the HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinLogonShell registry key replacing cmd.exe with PowerShell.exe

To enable PowerShell run SCONFIG from the command prompt and then select menu options 4 then 2. This will require the computer to be rebooted

Once rebooted login and in the CMD prompt type PowerShell. At the PowerShell prompt type:

Having completed above log off and back on and a powershell prompt will open instead.

~Pouyan

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