This question already has an answer here:

I like to use Console2 instead of the default command line for Windows. Out of habbit i'm still writing "cmd" into Total Commander's command line sometimes to open a DOS console into the current directory. And it doesn't open Console2 of course and it makes me angry. :) I wonder if it's possible to redirect the "cmd" command to run Console2 instead of cmd.exe?

I've already tried adding Console2's folder to the PATH and creating a cmd.lnk file pointing to console2.exe but it's not working. I don't think it's a good idea to rename cmd.exe to something else and simply copy console2.exe as cmd.exe into SYSTEM32.

marked as duplicate by Dave, Dave M, Heptite, Moses, warren Apr 3 '14 at 16:15

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.


You may want to use ConEmu for this.

To configure this, follow the steps.

  1. Open Settings(press Win + Alt + P).

    enter image description here

  2. In the next window, on the left side click Default term.

    enter image description here

  3. Check the option Force ConEmu as default terminal for console applications.

    enter image description here

  • Wow! I haven't heard about ConEmu. Very cool that i can mix MS-DOS and Cygwin shells into the same window with this :) – NagyI Mar 19 '14 at 13:43
  • 1
    You're missing an incredibly important step: 0. Run ConEmu. I thought Win +Alt +p was some Windows shortcut I'd never heard of. – Mike Bethany Apr 25 '16 at 11:30

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.