Windows – Avoid dot backslash Windows 10 Powershell

powershellwindows 10

This is a very annoying thing, to run any .exe that is inside the current directory in Powershell, I am required to use a .\ ahead.

For example, if I have the program fastboot.exe inside the current folder I can not simply type fastboot, as it does inside cmd. I'm forced to type:


If I just type fastboot (without .\ I get some error like:

The term 'fastboot' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet,
function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the
name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and
try again.

+ fastboot
+ ~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (fastboot:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

How to avoid this?

Best Answer

Powershell does not load commands from the current location by default.

Suggestion [3,General]: The command xxx.exe was not found, but does exist in the current location. Windows PowerShell does not load commands from the current location by default. If you trust this command, instead type ".\xxx.exe". See "get-help about_Command_Precedence" for more details.

So you are left with two options

  • Lower the security barrier by adding the current directory to you path

     $env:path ="$($env:path);."
  • Get into the habbit of always prefixing the command with .\