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Fix: Windows PowerShell Missing from Start Menu

Cannot open Windows PowerShell neither from All apps in Start Menu, nor from Win+X menu? If you find Windows PowerShell missing from Apps List in Start Menu, and cannot access to it from Win+X menu as usual。 You may also get a prompting says: " Windows cannot find Windows PowerShell.Ink in 'C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows PowerShell'."

Cannot find Windows PowerShell

To fix this problem, you need to restore the missing Windows PowerShell.Ink to your personal Start Menu directory Windows PowerShell folder. This tutorial will guide you how to get it done.

Steps to Restore Missing Windows PowerShell to Current Start Menu

To fix this issue, you have to go to Start Menu in other user account directory and copy Windows PowerShell folder from there, then go to the same path for a current user and paste the folders in there. Here's how:

1. Switch to sign in with another user account.

Press Windows key + L on keyboard, you'll get to Windows 10 login screen, from which you can select your desired user account to sign into system. If you haven't other account, try to create a new account.

Switch to sign in with another user account

Step 1: Press Windows key+R, copy and paste the following path to Run box, then, hit Enter key.

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell folder

Step 2: Copy all items in that folder to a USB drive. Or save them to a folder in D or E drive in your PC.

Note: Make sure you can find them easily when you sign in with another user account.

Copy Windows PowerShell.Ink

2. Sign back to the user account you want to fix problem for.

Step 1: Press Win+E to open Windows Explores, in the address bar, past the following path, then hit Enter key. C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows PowerShell

Access to Windows PowerShell folder

Step 2: Then, paste Windows PowerShell.Ink to Windows PowerShell folder in current user directory.

Current user WinX folder

Step 3: Open Start Menu, you will find Windows PowerShell comes back in Start Menu under W list.

Restore Windows PowerShell to Start Menu