Windows has two types of shells which are the Command shell and the PowerShell. Each of which is a software program that provides direct communication between the user and the OS (Operating System) or application being used, by providing an environment to automate the IT operations.
The PowerShell and CMD have very different commands and the latter is comparatively less complicated as well as less efficient. In this article, we will discuss the difference between PowerShell and CMD in terms of functioning and design.
PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language for the system administration based on .NET Framework that is much powerful than Windows Command Prompt (CMD). The prominence of PowerShell has increased such that it has been made the default choice in Windows 10.
The PowerShell can be further explained to be the enhanced version of the Command shell and the commands of PowerShell are called the ‘Cmdlets’. The cmdlets are used to pipe objects between them for more complex data processing.
The Windows Command Prompt was the first shell designed to perform the automatic tasks conducted in routine like regular backups and managing the user accounts. It was the primary command shell designed followed by the PowerShell.
The commands used in Command Prompt are called the ‘cmd’ and along with Windows Script Host sophisticated scripts could be run easily. It offers the command line abilities in the MS-DOS through an interface.
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Now that we have got a clear idea about what exactly are these shells let us now understand how they differ from each other. There are major differences between the PowerShell and CMD commands which will be covered here.
Hence we can conclude based on these differences that PowerShell is the powerful tool that has helped the IT professionals and users to control as well as automate the Windows OS and applications in it much efficiently.
Let us now proceed with the steps involved to use the PowerShell command in the Command Prompt of the Windows.
To use the PowerShell in Command Prompt follow these steps:
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The PowerShell as mentioned earlier can perform all the CMD tasks and even more. Apart from being a command prompt, this is an extensive command-line environment that can be used to develop complicated scripts and advance managing system for your operating system (OS).
This has equipped Windows to perform multiple tasks and rename more than one file in a single time which was possible in Linux from the beginning.
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In this article, we have covered all the topics related to PowerShell and CMD such that their differences, uses, and techniques to control them have been explained. Hope you can now understand the importance of the advancement in the command line prompt and would alter your operating system management in the way you prefer!