Released in 2006, Windows PowerShell combines the command line's speed, a scripting language's flexibility, and the power of a GUI-based administrative tool. Whether you're an old school fan of the C:\ prompt or strictly a GUI user, learning to use the Windows PowerShell can save you time and effort on common Windows admin tasks. Besides, it also just looks cool to fix a problem from the command line.
If you're still reluctant to learn PowerShell, you may just not know how powerful it can be. Take the following Windows PowerShell pop quiz and test your PowerShell knowledge.Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I'm going to hold off posting the answers until later.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.