Bring back "Open command window here" context menu item in Windows

It’s a simple registry hack.

  1. Strat registry editor: Run -> regedit.
  • Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd.
  • Right-click the cmd (folder) key, and click Permissions.
  • Click the Advanced button.
  • Advanced Security Settings dialog will open, at the top next to Owner click Change.
  • Put in your account name, click Check Names to make sure domain etc is set up correctly, click OK.
  • Check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box near Owner field.
  • Click Apply, OK.
  • In the now open Premissions dialog, select Administrators, check Full Control checkbox below.
  • Click Apply, OK.
  • You are now back in the registry editor. Click the cmd folder on the left.
  • Look for HideBasedOnVelocityId key in the right window tab.
    • If it’s there, Right-click, Rename to ShowBasedOnVelocityId.
    • If it’s not there, just add the ShowBasedOnVelocityId key (type DWORD), value 0x00639bc8 (6527944).
  • Now try Shift + Right Click in an Explorer window, you should see the Open command window here option.
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