The default command line experience for Windows 11 is being replaced in 2022

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  • Windows Terminal is set to become the default command line on Windows 11
  • The change will happen gradually starting in 2022 for Windows 11 PCs.
  • The change has already taken effect and users can change it through the Settings app.
Windows Terminal replaces Command Prompt

The year 2022 has new things in store for Windows 11 users. There will be a new default command line experience for Windows 11.

Microsoft revealed plans to make Windows Terminal the company’s default command line app for Windows 11 in the coming year. 

The company will introduce the change in a test version to Windows Insiders first, then roll it out to everyone.

Change already in effect

Although Microsoft says it will be rolling out the update some time in 2022, users can already set Windows Terminal as the default command line on Windows 11 in the settings.

The operating system defaults to Windows Console Host. The Console Host has been for the longest time been the default command line application and it just seemed like it was time to switch it up.

“Over the course of 2022, we are planning to make Windows Terminal the default experience on Windows 11 devices,” said Microsoft’s Kayla Cinnamon. “We will start with the Windows Insider Program and start moving through rings until we reach everyone on Windows 11.”

All-new experience

Switching the default app means Windows Terminal will now open when you launch the Command Prompt.

This will make working easier as Windows Terminal supports

By switching the default app for this experience on Windows, the Windows Terminal is more modern than the Command Prompt. It supports tabs, themes, and GPU-accelerated text rendering.

We can only wait for feedback once it is made public in 2022 and what the user experience will be compared to Windows Console Host.

Are you ready to say goodbye to Windows Console Host and welcome Windows Terminal? Share your thoughts down below.