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Get started with Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Windows XP Pro

Windows PowerShell is a new scripting tool that allows you to perform simple or complex tasks from a centralized interface. Here's how to add this new extension to your Windows XP Pro system.

Microsoft planned to add a new command-line interface and scripting language (code name "Monad") to Windows Vista but decided to make it a standalone utility called Windows PowerShell 1.0. It is designed primarily for system administrators, but it also provides benefits to home and small business network users using the Professional OS. Users can add Windows PowerShell to Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista.

Rather than being composed of a series of standalone commands, Windows PowerShell is made up of object-oriented programs called cmdlets (pronounced "command lets"), which can only run from within the PowerShell command interface. Cmdlets perform a single task and are designed to work together to perform more complex tasks.

In order to take advantage of Windows PowerShell on your Windows XP Pro machine, you must download and install it. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the How to Get Windows PowerShell 1.0 page.
  2. Download and install .NET Framework 2.0 if it's not already installed on your system.
  3. After .NET Framework 2.0 is installed, download and install the Windows XP Service Pack 2 -- Windows PowerShell 1.0 version that matches your platform (x86 or x64).

Once Windows PowerShell is installed, go to the Scripting with Windows PowerShell page and take a look at the resources in the Getting Started section. If you want to see sample Windows PowerShell scripts, check out the Script Center Script Repository.

Note: This tip is for Windows XP Professional only.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

9 comments
paul.cheuk
paul.cheuk

You also need to download the Windows DotNet SDK for the certificates for your scripts. Paul Cheuk

sbrager
sbrager

Sounds interesting. Thanks for bringing Powershell to our attention. By the way, according to Microsoft, the WinXP Pro version of Powershell is for WinXP Pro SP2. Have you tried it with SP1? Stan

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

I've not experimented with PowerShell on XP SP1, so not sure if there are any ramifications or even if it will work at all. I would imagine that the SP2 requirement for PowerShell is security related in some form or fashion. For instance, PowerShell may rely on some feature or function that only appears in XP after SP2 is installed. Keep in mind that PowerShell was originally conceived for Windows Vista.

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

I'll check this out but I'll almost certainly stick with AutoIt. Nothing else I've tried even comes close.

sbrager
sbrager

I attempted to install PowerShell on my SP1 partition and got a message stating that I must have SP2 in order to install. Stan

sbrager
sbrager

I'll post the results to this forum when I've had a chance to install and run it on my SP1 partition. Stan

cokesrini
cokesrini

why not all these tools should be in GUI, still going to type line by line comands ?

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