What is Windows PowerShell?
Similarly asked questions
PowerShell is an open-source, object-oriented, cross-platform, task automation, and a configuration management framework developed by Microsoft. It is made up of a command-line shell and a scripting language and acts as a more powerful tool than the Command Prompt. It was developed by Microsoft to help IT professionals to configure systems and automate administrative tasks.
When it was developed by Microsoft, it was suppose to replace the Command Prompt, because of its power and control over the Windows operating system. The administrative tasks are performed by cmdlets in the PowerShell. It also facilitates administrators to get full access to COM, WMI, and perform administrative tasks on both local and remote Windows systems.
History of PowerShell
In November 2006, the first version of PowerShell was released for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista. The latest version of PowerShell is PowerShell 7, which is a replacement of the product for PowerShell Core 6.x products as well as Windows PowerShell 5.1. PowerShell 5.1, was its last supported version works with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1
Why is it called Windows PowerShell?
Microsoft developed PowerShell and was offered initially only with Windows. In 2016, Microsoft opened sourced it and made it available publically on Linux and macOS.
There are four types of commands that are used and executed by Windows PowerShell:
Key Features of Windows PowerShell 7
Microsoft extends the features of Windows PowerShell with every new version and updates. Here we discuss the added features in its latest version PowerShell 7. PowerShell 7.0 introduces a lot number of new features such as:
Where to find PowerShell in Windows?
Let's see how to open PowerShell (launch powerShell) in Windows. Follow the steps given below:
Launch PowerShell using the Run window
It is one of the simplest ways to start PowerShell in Windows PC. It can be used with all Windows versions. Use the following steps to run PowerShell by this method:
Launch the Windows PowerShell from the Start Menu
We can also launch Windows PowerShell from the Start menu in Windows. This method is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 10. It can also be used with the Start screen in Windows 8.1. Follow the steps given below to start PowerShell using this method:
Launch PowerShell using its executable file
To launch PowerShell by using its executable files, if you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, open the File Explorer, or use Windows 7, open Windows Explorer.
For 32-bit version of Windows:
Go to: "C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\."
Here you will find the powershell.exe file on 32-bits.
For 64-bit version of Windows:
Go to: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\."
Here you will find the powershell.exe file on 64-bits.
Open PowerShell from the Command Prompt
Follow the steps given below:
Note: If you want to launch PowerShell as administrator by using this method, you should first open the Command Prompt as administrator.