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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  • The quadfold won't print to my A4 printer. I tried printing it to PDF but part of the third column disappeared.

    I had to copy the contents into a new Word document in order to print it.

    John Mills

  • You reference a 32-page introduction (GettingStarted.rtf) and then a "Powershell User Guide" (userguide.rtf) and then don't share them. The link at the top for the document pack gives an error.  Fix the page please.

    I've searched on 5 different pages for "powershell commands." Why is something so very elementary made so frustratingly difficult Microsoft???  Very poor attention to details. Just hyperlink the gettingstarted.rtf and userguide.rtf and be done with it. Good grief.

  • Hi,

    Link to documentation can not be found:


    Page is not helpful and should be removed.


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