If you frequently use the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you may be tired of their opaque app windows. They are functional, useful, but also dull. Another issue is that when you work in a busy office, people can easily see what you type, due to their opacity. If you are a Windows 10 user, one neat little personalization that you can perform is to make them transparent to the level you want. This can make them more visually appealing to you, and also more difficult to see by people walking around your computer.
While many casual users know about the Command Prompt, only a few have heard about Windows PowerShell. PowerShell is a much more powerful tool than the Command Prompt. It is also intended to replace the Command Prompt, as it delivers more power and control over the Windows operating system. That's why we decided to get a taste of PowerShell and explain to all our readers what this tool is, why it is so powerful and who tends to use it more often. Let's see what PowerShell is and what you can do with it:
Windows 10 comes with quite a few pre-installed universal apps, such as Calendar, Mail, Camera, or Photos. While some people like them and find them useful, others do not. If you do not want some of these bundled apps on your Windows 10 device, you might be wondering if they can be removed from your system. While a few of the built-in apps can be uninstalled by right clicking on them and selecting the Uninstall option, some of them do not offer this option.
Some people do not like the universal apps that are installed by default In Windows 10 and want to get rid of them. They can manually uninstall most of them using the Settings app, or they can use PowerShell to uninstall all or only some. Apps like Calendar, Mail, Camera, Photos or Candy Crush Soda Saga, can be gone from a Windows 10 computer in no time. The question is: how do you get all the default Windows 10 back, when you learn that you need them, or when they are broken and no longer work correctly?
Many IT professionals use PowerShell to manage Windows computers and devices and to execute administrative tasks of all kinds. Before you can use PowerShell, you first need to know how to start it. That's why we made a long list of all the methods available for starting this tool, including with admin rights. Read on and see them all:
In certain situations, you may need to extract a list with all the user accounts that exist on a Windows device. Or you may want to know the hidden user accounts that exist alongside your user account. To help you out, we compiled a list of four methods that you can use to see all the users, including the hidden ones created by Windows or third-party apps that you installed. Here they are:
One of our readers asked us: "How do you print the list of running processes from the Task Manager?". The answer is... you can't do this from the Task Manager , not even in Windows 10. In order to print such a list, you need to use the Command Prompt or PowerShell and run some commands to generate the list of running process and then you can print it just like you would print a document. Let's see how it all works:
NOTE: This guide works in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
Windows 10 brought many new features and improvements when compared to Microsoft's previous operating systems. Among them, the two command line tools loved by many geeks and IT professionals also got overhauled. You've guessed it: we're talking about Command Prompt and PowerShell. But what exactly did Microsoft do for these two tools? Read this article to find out out which are the most important new features, improvements and changes they received:
There are times when you need to know exactly how many files or folders are stored inside a certain folder. Whether for work or for your own statistics, if you have a Windows device, there are quite a few ways in which you can find this information. Since some of our readers asked us about it, we decided to write a roundup article in which we're going to show you all the methods we know for counting the elements found inside a folder.
We recently received a copy of Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps and I decided to take on the challenge of reviewing it, mainly for two reasons. The first one is that I have never reviewed a book before and I saw it as a great exercise in this direction. The second reason is the fact that this book is written with PowerShell beginners in mind and - you guessed it - I'm a PowerShell beginner. Actually, that would be an overstatement, since I have never used PowerShell before, so I considered it a great way to get to learn a new skill.