I downloaded the source and binaries from http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/files/

In the binaries help file it makes reference to a setup file but there is none.

The list of files included in the Console-2.00b145-Beta.zip is:

  • Microsoft.VC90.CRT (folder)
  • console.chm
  • Console.exe
  • console.xml
  • ConsoleHook.dll
  • FreeImage.dll
  • FreeImagePlus.dll

How do I setup or place the files for Console2 on Windows 7?

  • which error you'd found when you run console.exe ? .dll not found ? take a look here. hope this helps. – Ye Lin Aung Mar 21 '10 at 5:11
  • no error. it just mentioned a setup file in the help chm and I didn't see it. – Brian Boatright Mar 21 '10 at 16:03
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    Consider using ConsoleZ. It is essentially a fork of the original Console2 project, which has become dormant. ConsoleZ is being actively developed, and provides a better experience under Windows 7/8. – Isxek Jul 30 '13 at 22:13

Here's what I did

  1. Download Console2 from SourceForge (get _32bit.zip or _64bit.zip version depending on your OS)
  2. Download Console2 src just to get the .ico file
  3. Copy the Console2 folder to C:\Program Files
  4. Copy Console.ico file from the Console Source downloads to the folder above
  5. Open Console2 and edit your settings for font or better read Scott Hanselman's blog post on his Console2 setup

To add a Context Menu that will open Console2 on a specific directory update the registry as follows (Windows7):

@=Open Console2 Here
Icon=C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.ico

@=C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.exe -d "%v"

@=Open Console2 Here
Icon=C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.ico

@=C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.exe -d "%v"

The first registry entry for HKCR adds a "Open Console2 Here" context menu item when you are clicking ON a folder.

The second registry entry for HKLM adds a "Open Console2 Here" context menu item when you are in a folder and clicking the background.

  • any reason why you added the background keys to HKLM instead of HKCR – Jon Erickson Apr 8 '10 at 18:59
  • Yes. The first one adds a context menu to a Folder background and the second adds a context menu item "Open Console2 Here" to a Folder icon. – Brian Boatright Nov 15 '11 at 4:49
  • Actually, your comment is backwards. The first one adds a context menu entry to a folder icon and the second to a folder background. There is no reason why you can't put them both in HKCR or both in HKLM. – David Kennedy Aug 3 '12 at 17:37
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    Also, I had to escape the values for the registry to accept them. e.g. @="Open Console2 Here" and @="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Console2\\Console.exe\" -d \"%V\"" – David Kennedy Aug 3 '12 at 18:08
  • Do everything as Brian Boatright explained. If it doesn't work try C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.exe -d %1 instead of @=C:\Program Files\Console2\Console.exe -d "%v" – Boris Month Aug 30 '12 at 13:46

I have Console2 running on Windows 7 64bit and resolved it much easier. While having the C drive for programs, I use the D drive for tools and other data.

Installation Path: D:\Tools\Console2

Now you just have to edit your system variable "PATH" and add the installation path to it:


Value: {other paths};D:\Tools\Console2 (no semicolon required at the end)

Now you can just type "console" (since the file name is "console.exe") to the run command (Windows + R) and Console2 will start right away.

Tip: In combination with "Total Commander", you can just toggle the command bar. So when you place yourself on a specific path and just start typing "console" it will start Console2 with that specific path. That avoids thousands of "cd" commands to get where you want to.


Use Chocolately, perform its installation as stated on its homepage

 @powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin


choco install consolez

after its installed, run


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