Windows PowerShell is designed as a direct replacement for the old command prompt that you may already be familiar with. This may come as an unpleasant surprise to long-time users, but once you get used to PowerShell it is a pleasure to use and has some much more powerful scripting features.

The easiest way to open Windows PowerShell is to right click the start button and then click the Windows PowerShell option. If you require elevated administrator privileges, there is a 2nd option to launch this.


Once you click on the option required the main Powershell window will open up:


Most of the familiar "DOS" commands will work here, plus many more powerful new commands. You can also open a PowerShell prompt within your active folder in File Explorer by clicking File > Open Windows Powershell. This is a handy shortcut for power users.