PowerTip: Set ErrorActionPreference to original value

Summary: Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP, Thomas Rayner, shows how to work with the ErrorActionPreference variable in Windows PowerShell.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question I have a script that requires me to change the ErrorActionPreference variable, but how can I set it to its original value after the script is done?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Store the current value of $ErrorActionPreference and set it again later:

$OldEAP = $ErrorActionPreference

$ErrorActionPreference = 'silentlycontinue'

#Your script runs in here

$ErrorActionPreference = $OldEAP

Comments (2)

  1. PetSerAl says:

    I prefer doing it this way:

    It create new scope and $ErrorActionPreference modification localized to it

  2. PetSerAl says:

    & {
    $ErrorActionPreference = ‘silentlycontinue’
    #Your script runs in here

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