PowerShell Documentation Pack

PowerShell Documentation Pack

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What to learn about Windows PowerShell without installing it?  Download our Windows PowerShell 1.0 Documentation Pack


The documents included are:

  • The "Getting Started Guide", a 32-page introduction to using the shell and the Powerscript language supported by the Windows PowerShell (GettingStarted.rtf).

  • A Windows PowerShell Language Quick Reference (quadfold.rtf).

  • The "PowerShell User Guide" (userguide.rtf), a companion document to the Getting Started Guide. You should get yourself familiar with the contents of the Getting Started Guide as this document will build on the content and concepts of the Getting Started document.
    In this guide, you will find the features of the new shell documented with examples of how to use the new shell along with reasons for the behavioral choices that were made as this shell was being built. Also, this document includes examples of how to migrate VBScript to Powerscritp. Lastly, this document contains information for VB and C# developers and how Powerscript differs from those environments and how, as a developer, you can take full advantage of this new shell.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good/useful this documentation (as well as our help) is.

BTW  - our Doc team is very eager to hear about any comments or problems you have with the documentation so let let us know.  You can leave comments here, post them to our newsgroup or see http://blogs.msdn.com/powershell/archive/2006/05/09/filing-bugs.aspx for details on how to file a bug.

Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]
Windows PowerShell/MMC Architect
Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at:    http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell
Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx

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  • So where is the documentation

  • Ok comment so

  • I want just to learn more about this MS SH just like an alternatief for de CMD,VBS,...

  • Maybe I'm missing something, but where is the URL for the Documentation Pack?

  • I managed to find it here:


  • > So where is the documentation

    Apologizes - I messed up the LINK.  It is fixed now. <hit refresh>

    Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]

    Windows PowerShell/MMC Architect

    Visit the Windows PowerShell Team blog at:    http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell

    Visit the Windows PowerShell ScriptCenter at:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx

  • If you are reading this and haven't read the documentation yet, you should. It's really good, just like Jeffrey promises.

  • I miss a chapter about the correct powershell installation.

    My powershell works (XP with Adminpak and Exchange System Manager), but I have only few cmd-lets, e.g. no get-mailbox :-(

  • Localised versions of PowerShell have localised documentation. Could you make them available as well as a separate download? Giving access to the docs without the prerequisite of having to install PowerShell would help spread the word out to the community.



  • It would be really nice to see the powershell documentation in a chm format (like the Script56.CHM). Also it would be good to include a page in the help file of the convert vbs to powershell commands (with links to the powershell command page.

  • I second the .CHM format command reference manual.

    I tried to create a script to enumerate the whole shebang in a large textfile but it's kind of crude for now, and it feels to invent the wheel again.

    The help files are scattered in the powershell folder in about*.txt and *.ps1xml files.

    The .ps1xml seems to follow the (M)AML schema, the new vista help XML schema format.

    This format seems to be heavily debated and there does not seem to exist any converters available as far as I could find

    Several attempts are made to create offline readers , but none have a simple 'Print' button.

    It would have been nice if the command reference could be converted , read and printed in human readable format.

  • The documentation is great, and we can read it on vista.  Too bad we can't run powershell itself on vista.

  • Why can't you run PS on Vista?  Works great for me on both x32 and x64 installations.

  • PowerScript is not in the documents.  this language is associated with PowerBuilder

  • Dear All,

    Requesting you to arrange "windows powershell help file" if possible to my ID. ie. immumbaikar.hotmail.com

    Thanks in advance...


    Prasann pathare

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