Microsoft announces Windows Terminal as the new default command line experience on Windows 11 22H2

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Microsoft announced that its open-source Windows terminal, which has been under development for several years, has been designated as the default console for Windows 11 22H2.

This means that all command line applications now open in Windows Terminal by default. For this behavior to take effect, users must run Windows Terminal version 1.15 or higher.

Released in 2019, Windows Terminal introduced a new customizable interface for power users and developers who regularly worked on the command line, whether in WSL, PowerShell, or the regular Command Prompt. It offered numerous customization options such as the profile icon, custom background image, color scheme, font, and transparency.

Now Microsoft has announced that all Windows 11 console programs will now launch automatically start in Windows Terminal by default.

“The big day has arrived! Windows Terminal is now the default command line environment on Windows 11 22H2. This means that all command-line applications will now open in Windows Terminal automatically,” Kayla Cinnamon, Microsoft Program Manager, made the announcement.

To make Windows Terminal the default console program on Windows 11, users must run version 1.15 or higher and have the optional preview update KB5019509 installed. If Windows Terminal is not required, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > For developers and change the Terminal setting from ‘Let Windows Decide’ to ‘Windows Console Host.’

The sources for this piece include an article in BleepingComputer.

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