Yay! (it is so very geeky to get excited over a scripting tool isn’t it?) Microsoft have released PowerShell 1.0 for Windows Vista today. It comes as a Microsoft Update Standalone Package.

Overview

Windows PowerShell includes:

  • One hundred and twenty-nine command-line tools (called “cmdlets”) for performing common system administration tasks, such as managing services, processes, event logs, certificates, the registry, and using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
  • Command-line tools are easy to learn and easy to use with standard naming conventions and common parameters, and simple tools for sorting, filtering, and formatting data and objects.
  • Support for existing scripting languages and existing command-line tools, and multiple versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server code name “Longhorn”.
  • Feature that allows users to navigate data stores, like the registry and certificate stores, as if they were a file system.
  • Standard utilities for managing Windows data in different stores and formats, including Active Directory (ADSI), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Component Object Model (COM) objects, Active X Data Objects (ADO), HTML and XML.
  • Sophisticated expression parsing and .NET object manipulation at the command line, including pipelining of objects, make IT professionals more efficient and productive.
  • Extensible interface that allows independent software vendors and enterprise developers to build custom cmdlets to meet their unique application and system administration requirements.

After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista License Terms.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Ultimate