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basic PowerShell commands of Windows 10

Windows PowerShell is powerful and can do almost everything that a person wants on his computer. But the only problem is that it is a command line tool and does not have GUI. However, it can be helpful when the GUI based interface fails or stops responding. The main thing unfortunately is the fact that a normal user lacks the knowledge of using PowerShell to its full potential. But today, we will be trying to discuss the top 10 PowerShell commands that can help a user do more on Windows 10.

PowerShell commands that will help a user do more

Before we begin, it is needed to be highlighted that some of these cmdlets might toggle certain settings or configuration on your computer. A cmdlet is a PowerShell script that performs a single function. So, to be on a safer side, create a System Restore point first. If something goes wrong during trying one of the following cmdlets, you can always restore your computer.

We will be taking a look at cmdlets that can do the following:

  1. Launch a UWP Application.
  2. Get Help regarding any cmdlet.
  3. Get similar commands.
  4. Find a particular file.
  5. Read the contents of a file.
  6. Find information about all the services on a computer.
  7. Find information about all the processes on a computer.
  8. Setting the Execution Policy.
  9. Copy a file or a directory.
  10. Delete a file or a directory.

1] Launch a UWP Application

PowerShell is a great tool which can be used to launch UWP Applications within seconds. But the main thing lies in the proper execution of a command. You can use

Start-Process "ms-settings:"

command just to launch the Windows Settings UWP Application. You can learn more about other URIs for other UWP Applications here on microsoft.com.

2] Get Help regarding any cmdlet

If you are ever stuck confused about what command you must be used to execute a specific task. Or what a specific cmdlet does, you do not need worry. You can just use the Get-Help cmdlet to do it. You can use it in the following ways-

Get-Help

Get-Help <command name>

Get-Help <command name> -Full

Get-Help <command name> -Example

Get-Help *

Here, the first entry will guide you on how to use this cmdlet. The second entry will give you a simple summary of the particular cmdlet. The third entry will give detailed information about the respective cmdlet. The fourth entry will comprise of everything that the third cmdlet shows but will add an example of how to use that cmdlet. And finally, the fifth cmdlet will list every command that is available for your use.