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Windows 8.1 - time to learn Powershell?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1, 10

    Windows 8.1 - time to learn Powershell?


    I see that, in 8.1 Preview, the <> + <X> menu now contains Powershell instead of a Command Prompt.

    Is Powershell easy to learn/ worth the effort?
    Is there anything which won't work any more that did work in a Command Prompt?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello David,

    PowerShell will take a bit of effort and studying to learn more than just the basics. Here's some reading on it if you like.

    Scripting with Windows PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell Scripting
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    The good thing is you can easily change it back to command prompt if you wish. There is an option under taskbar navigation.
    Right click the taskbar and select properties.

    Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell

    Jim
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  4. #4


    You can choose, I prefer command prompt
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  5. #5


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    The good thing is you can easily change it back to command prompt if you wish. There is an option under taskbar navigation.
    Right click the taskbar and select properties.

    Power User Tasks Menu - Show Command Prompt or PowerShell

    Jim
    Good tip - thanks for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello David,

    PowerShell will take a bit of effort and studying to learn more than just the basics. Here's some reading on it if you like.

    Scripting with Windows PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell Scripting
    Thanks for that Shawn.

    What are the benefits of Powershell? Is it worth the effort? I used to write batch files back in the day (I still do on occasion) so I wondered what else Powershell could do?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    I really don't use or learned much on PowerShell myself yet to be able to answer that other than it's another tool to use.
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  7. #7


    The standard command line is really very primitive. While it has received some upgrades a great deal hasn't changed much since it's origin in the 1980's. Power shell can do a great deal that would otherwise require the addition of third party software and offers a much more powerful scripting language. For the average home user it isn't going to be of much value. But for anyone wanting to write anything more than simple batch files Power Shell will be a better choice.

    This article provides more information about Power Shell:
    Windows PowerShell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Is it worth your time in learning it? You will have to read the articles and make your own decision.
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Windows 8.1 - time to learn Powershell?
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