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Chapter 9. Windows PowerShell and the Command Prompt

Everything old is new again.

Windows users of a certain age remember the MS-DOS command line, perhaps not so fondly. But even after 20 years of trying to ditch its command-line past, Windows 10 still rewards those who understand the benefits of using a command line for some common tasks.

As system administrators have known all along, sometimes typing a command is just faster than using a graphical interface, and that’s even truer for scripts that can carry out entire sequences of commands. Windows 10 includes a new-age command-based environment called Windows PowerShell, which offers tremendous power to those who are willing to invest a little time learning its ways.

But let’s begin with... ...

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