07: PowerShell Basics

If you are not running Windows then you can skip this lesson and move on to next lesson covering Bash Basics. This is for Windows users with PowerShell only.

PowerShell vs. Cmder

As of 2022 there is a small bug in Cmder that will make it run cmd.exe instead of PowerShell. Before you do anything hit your windows key, and type PowerShell. You'll see PowerShell show in a list of available commands, and you should click on it to run it. WARNING: Do not, and I repeat NOT run the command named PowerShell ISE. This command is broken and will be missing all of your settings for some strange reason. Only run the PowerShell command. After you run this command once your Cmder will use it.

In this lesson I'm going to cover the basic commands of PowerShell, but in the video you'll see me using something called Cmder which is an improved "console emulator" for PowerShell. I recommend you install the full download of Cmder and use PowerShell through that rather than running the original PowerShell. Cmder comes with more developer friendly settings and lets you use tabs, which are very important when doing development.

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