We saying goodbye to the ‘Command Prompt’ in Windows 10: PowerShell takes over

Microsoft has just released Windows 10 14971 compilation, and in the latest edition of the desktop operating system has made a significant change for some users: the traditional console command, the ‘Command Prompt’ which was the last remnant of the original MS-DOS systems, loses prominence to forced marches.

It makes it in favour of Windows PowerShell, a much more powerful tool and right these days carrying 10 years available even though it was more oriented to be used by advanced users and systems administrators. We still have access to the ‘command prompt’, but this measure makes clear that its role in the operating system is becoming less relevant.

The old console is still available

When we pulsábamos the Win+X key combination appeared a contextual menu from the lower left corner of the desktop in which appeared several quick options of configuration access. One of those options was precisely the ‘command prompt’ or ‘Command Prompt’ access, but that has changed in this latest build.

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Instead, we will have access to Windows PowerShell both ‘standard’ user mode and administrator mode. The traditional console is still present and we can launch it at all times. For example, pressing the Windows key once, by typing “cmd” and pressing Enter.

Even so, those who prefer that contextual menu with Win+X to recover the previous behavior, may do so from the setup->-> toolbar customization menu, to then disable the reference to this parameter.

What makes the traditional console PowerShell?

PowerShell – whose code, by the way, is on GitHub – takes time available, but is much less known because Windows was traditionally aimed at administrators and advanced users. This tool makes use of a number of different commands – although some matches name and basic functions – which are called cmdlets that allow access to all kinds of administrative tasks that are not accessible from the conventional console.

Another of the important differences of PowerShell to prompt is the possibility of using pipes, a concept that was transferred from the powerful consoles of Unix and Linux systems and allow passing the exit of a command to another, or rather, from one cmdlet to another cmdlet, so concatenating sequences of commands that allow you to do very powerful things in a line.

In addition, the output of each command is not just text, but that is a collection of “objects”, to which we refer according to its properties (name, memory consumption) then do things as the concatenation of commands which we spoke through pipes or pipes.

And of course also is its capacity as a scripting environment: PowerShell allows you to create scripts that allow much more complex tasks which could be undertaken with the conventional Windows system symbol. This old environment commands copy functions that had the old DOS systems, and their limitations are much broader. Here’s a few free electronic books that many of its huge capabilities are treated.

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