What is the difference between Command Prompt and PowerShell in Windows.

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If you ever use Command Prompt and PowerShell then you may notice, there are some similar instructions for Command Prompt and PowerShell. Now, the question may come to your mind that what is the difference between these two, and when or why should you use one over the other? Here in this post, we are going to answer this question.

Before going through the difference, let’s take a look at the history and evolution of Command Prompt and PowerShell.

History of Command Prompt and PowerShell.

The Command Prompt has been around for a lot longer than PowerShell. In fact, it first appeared in Microsoft’s DOS (MS-DOS) operating system in 1980, which means it even predates Windows.  Indeed, in those days the Command Prompt was typically the first and only thing a user would see when they switched on a PC.

Windows came along in 1985 and initially ran ‘on top’ of DOS. A little later, with the introduction of Windows 2.0 in 1987, Microsoft added the ability to access Command Prompt from within Windows.

As a result, much Computeractive staff, and pretty much anyone else who grew up with the PC industry has a lot of affection for Command Prompt.
PowerShell arrived with Windows Vista back in 2006. It supports almost all the same instructions as Command Prompt options with their PowerShell equivalents in the Windows key+X Quick Line menu when it introduced Windows 10 Creators Editions (1703). 

Also Read: How To access Command history of Command Prompt in Windows.

Difference between Command Prompt and PowerShell.

One key difference between the two is that PowerShell allows the execution of complicated scripts called ‘cmdlets’ (pronounced ‘commandlets’). Most Windows users will probably never need to run cmdlets, which is another reason why we sometimes suggest Command Prompt instead, because it executes the tasks it has always done, quickly, and effectively.

PowerShell can interpret both Batch commands and PowerShell commands, where the Command Prompt can only interpret the Batch commands.

The output generated in PowerShell is not just a stream of text but a collection of object where the output generated in Command Prompt is just a stream of text.

So, these are some differences between the PowerShell and Command Prompt. PowerShell has a much more powerful command-line environment than the Command Prompt.

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