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Microsoft announces that the default command-line front-end for Windows 11 will soon change to Windows Terminal. 

By making Windows Terminal the default command-line front-end, the mandatory use of Windows Console Host or conhost.exe comes to an end. 

Replacing Windows Console Host

Many users and developers have been looking for a replacement for Console Host for some time. While there are alternative solutions for Windows, none have seen outstanding support from Microsoft. 

Microsoft is now making it possible for Windows 11 to use terminals other than Control Host by default, including Windows Terminal, which Microsoft released in 2019. 


The deployment of the default Windows Terminal happens sometime in the next year. Users are already able to adjust the settings themselves through the developer settings pages in Windows 11, the Windows Terminal settings on the Startup page and within the Windows Console Host property sheet. 

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