PowerTip: Launch Cmd.exe Commands from PowerShell

Summary: Launch legacy applications from Windows PowerShell.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question Can I execute an old batch script in Windows PowerShell?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer To launch an old command or batch file from within a Windows PowerShell script, launch Cmd.exe with the /C parameter:


Or if it’s a .bat or .cmd file, you can put it directly within the Windows PowerShell script and run it:


Note Your results will be in the $LASTEXITCODE.

Comments (1)

  1. SdeDot says:

    Thanks for the post.

    If I do PS remoting to many machines and execute Invoke-Command -session $Sessid {cmd /c Shutdown -r -t 0}, how do I specify $LASTEXITCODE here?

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