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10 cool tools in Windows 7

PowerShell v2

Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell interface and scripting tool that makes it easier for Windows administrators to automate tasks using cmdlets, which are commands that perform single tasks, and scripts, which are made up of multiple cmdlets to perform more complex, multi-step tasks.

Previous versions of Windows include a command-line interpreter (command.com or cmd.exe), but PowerShell is much more powerful, providing a UNIX-like command environment that can automate almost every GUI functionality.

PowerShell can be downloaded to run on Windows XP or Vista, but Windows 7 is the first client operating system that comes with it built in. (It is also installed by default in Windows Server 2008 R2.) PowerShell v2 adds about 240 new cmdlets, as well as new APIs and features, such as the ability to invoke PowerShell scripts and cmdlets on a remote computer.

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puneet.advani
puneet.advani

ita a really good to know info about win 7, waiting for more such documents

markfsanderson
markfsanderson

Yeah, I know . . . its not too glam . . . but the new calculator is much better . . . if you write code the new and improved hex/binary stuff is nice . . . rotates, shifts and other groovey things . . . Was this improvement in Vista? I never much fooled with Vista . . . Mark

richard.stroud
richard.stroud

Does it include the ability to create a bootable retore disc? This has always bothered me that you have to install the OS before you can restore it's fully configured functionality. This is why I use Ghost to create an image and use Nero to make it bootable and run the script to execute the ghost restore software.