Is there a way to start a Windows Terminal Preview process? I know you can start the regular Windows Terminal using wt.exe, however, I am using the preview version and would like to open a terminal preview instance from a program. I have searched Google, but I always just seem to find how to open the regular Windows Terminal.

If I open the executable path from task manager, I get to an exe which I cannot open because I apparently don't have sufficient rights to do - it probably has to do with the fact that I use the version from Windows Store. Do I have to reinstall it from GitHub? I thought that since I can run it from the start menu there should be a way to do so from a program, maybe there is a shortcut which I have the execution rights for?

  • Have you looked at using the PowerToys app, which (I believe) comes with the preview terminal included? Sep 25 at 14:44
  • I do have PowerToys installed, but how would that help me execute it from command line?
    – RcCookie
    Sep 25 at 14:49

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They both use wt.exe as an alias to launch the app. You can manage which one gets started under "Manage App Execution Aliases" in windows Settings by turning one off and the other on:


More details in the answers here: Path and Name of exe file of windows terminal preview

  • Thanks! Is there also a way to change that alias, for example to wtp.exe?
    – RcCookie
    Sep 25 at 17:49
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    @RcCookie You can manage and create new aliases in the registry under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths (or same path using HKEY_CURRENT_USER for just the current user profile). However, it looks like wt gets installed to a path using its version number, so any updates to the app could recreate the default stuff and/or break custom aliases
    – Cpt.Whale
    Sep 25 at 18:47

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