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Using Windows PowerShell

Published: May 20, 2009

Updated: November 15, 2012

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows PowerShell 3.0

This section explains the basics of using Windows PowerShell. First, it describes the Get-Help cmdlet (pronounced "command-let"), which displays information about cmdlets and conceptual topics in Windows PowerShell. Then, it describes a few of the basic cmdlets, explains how to use cmdlet parameters, and shows how to format the output of the cmdlets to get the data required to create a useful display. Finally, it shows how to use aliases in Windows PowerShell, how to run traditional Windows applications in Windows PowerShell, and how to manage errors.

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