Launching Windows Terminal for Any User

by Nov 4, 2020

On Windows 10, there is a new and awesome tool available for any PowerShell user: Windows Terminal. It lets you use multiple PowerShell and other console tabs side-by-side, and you can mix Windows PowerShell, PowerShell 7, and Azure Cloud Shell consoles. You can install Windows Terminal from the Microsoft Store.

Since Windows Terminal is an „App“, it is always installed „per User“. You can launch it via its executable wt.exe only if you have previously installed the app for this user.

An alternate way of launching Windows Terminal is this command:

start shell:appsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

If this call doesn’t help you launching Windows Terminal from a different user account, then in our upcoming tip we show how you can turn the app into a portable app that is no longer managed by Windows. Instead, this way you can run it by any user, including elevated accounts. Stay tuned.

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