Is PowerShell the Same as Command Prompt

A reader wants to know what the difference is between PowerShell and Command Prompt.

“Is there a difference between “PowerShell” (right click on start button) and command prompt?”


PowerShell is a configuration framework and task automation manager. It consists of a command-line shell and scripting language.  If that’s all flying over your head, don’t worry.


It’s basically a more powerful version of the command prompt. Like command prompt, you don’t necessarily have to know why and how it works to make it work for you.  It is definitely intended for IT professionals, but as with the command prompt, it can be useful for the home user. That’s assuming you have precise instructions on what to do.

If you’re interested in learning more about PowerShell, you can check out Microsoft’s documentation page at this link:



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