PowerTip: Open Windows 8 Control Panel Items from PowerShell

Summary: Learn how to open Windows 8 Control Panel items from within Windows PowerShell.  How can I open a Control Panel item, such as Windows Firewall, from within Windows PowerShell?  Use the Show-ControlPanelItem cmdlet. To get a list of openable Control Panel items, use the Get-ControlPanelItem cmdlet, as shown here. Show-ControlPanelItem *firewall* Get-ControlPanelItem ‘Windows Firewall’


The First-Ever Dutch PowerShell User Group

Summary: Ed Wilson speaking at the first-ever Dutch Windows PowerShell User Group. The Scripting Wife and I left Oslo and traveled to Copenhagen via train. There we boarded a sleeper train, and woke up the next day in The Netherlands. We were met in Utrecht at the train by Microsoft PFE Stefan Stranger, and shuttled…

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Use PowerShell 3.0 and the CIM Cmdlets to Explore WMI Classes

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell 3.0 and the CIM cmdlets to explore WMI classes. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, the Scripting Wife and I are on the train from Dortmund to Geneva. Teresa was really smart and found tickets for us to tour the Particle Accelerator at…


The Visit to the Oslo PowerShell User Group

Summary: Ed Wilson visits the Oslo Windows PowerShell User Group. Well, things have been very busy for Teresa and me. In Oslo, we met up with Windows PowerShell MVP Jan Egil Ring. We went out for a nice dinner and got to see the state theatre, the Parliament building, and other cool and interesting things…

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PowerTip: Find the Status of Disk Drives in Windows 8 with PowerShell

Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell 3.0 to find the status of disk drives on Windows 8.  How can I check on the status of disk drives on my computer running Windows 8?  Use the Get-Disk cmdlet, as shown here. PS C:\> Get-Disk Number Friendly Name  Operational Status  Total Size Partition Style —— ————-                            ————  ———- ———– 0      INTEL SSDSA2BW160G3L                    …


Weekend Scripter: The Easy Way to Manage Disk Drives

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage disk drives on his Windows 8 laptop. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, the Scripting Wife and I are back in Dortmund, Germany. We will spend the day with Windows PowerShell Guru Klaus Schulte. Our first day in Germany was spent…


PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Disable Quickly All Net Adapters

Summary: Use Windows PowerShell 3.0 to quickly disable all network adapters on a laptop.  How can I easily disable all network adapters on my Windows 8 laptop with Windows PowerShell 3.0?  Use the Get-NetAdapter cmdlet to retrieve all network adapters and pipe the results to the Disable-NetAdapter cmdlet. Make sure you suppress the confirmation prompts, as shown here. Get-NetAdapter | Disable-NetAdapter -Confirm:$false Note…


Weekend Scripter: Working with Windows Error Reporting

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell 3.0 to configure Windows Error Reporting settings on Windows 8. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, yesterday was awesome—the Scripting Wife and I spent the day with the Dutch Windows PowerShell User group. It was an all-day user group meeting, and I made two…


PowerTip: Find All Events from All Logs Related to PowerShell

Summary: Learn how to use the Get-WinEvent cmdlet to return all events from all logs related to Windows PowerShell.  How can I easily find events from all the event logs—both standard and the ETW logs that are related to Windows PowerShell?  Use the Get-WinEvent cmdlet and use a wild card pattern for the provider name, as shown here. Get-WinEvent -ProviderName…


Exploring the PowerShell PSDiagnostics Module

Summary: Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about exploring the Windows PowerShell PSDiagnostics module. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Let’s see, so today is November 23, 2012, which means that the Scripting Wife and I are in The Netherlands, and today, we are at the day-long Dutch PowerShell Group meeting. We get to…