Change to Powershell console in Windows 2012 Core instead of CMD

In twitter yesterday I saw that there was a discussion about setting default shell to Powershell in Windows Core, Jeffery Hicks has done this in Windows 2008 R2 and I wanted to test if his little trick worked in Windows 2012 also (by the way, why is it not default by default in 2012 Core? )

I have my testmachine ready and so lets go

Interestingly, When I check the registry I got that my shell in the 2012 Core was Explorer.exe,

but when I got a bit deeper I could see under AlternativeShells that the CMD was there

I tried to edit that but got an error 🙁

well lets try to exchange the explorer.exe in shell  to powershell.exe instead, I use the $env:userprofile to get the same directory as with cmd

$shell = "Powershell.exe -NoExit cd <code>$env:userprofile"
set-itemproperty "hklm:\software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\winlogon" shell $shell

And here you can see in my registry, notice that the $env:userprofile is still there thanks to the in the string variable and that means that when another user log in they will get their own directory:

 And when I try to log in again I get the Powershell Console by default and also in the “right” directory

Lets hope Microsoft set Powershell console as default also in the Core version when Windows 2012 becomes RTM 🙂

Update: I did apparently not follow the tweets so far that I noticed that the PS master Thomas Lee already had made a blog about this, in his post I would just add this to get the users directory

Set-ItemProperty -Confirm  -Path $RegPath -Name Shell -Value 'PowerShell.exe -noExit -Command "$psversiontable; cd $env:userprofile"' 


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