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Starting Windows PowerShell on Windows 8 and Windows

Updated: October 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 3.0, Windows PowerShell 4.0

This topic explains how to start Windows PowerShell® and Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) on Windows® 8. Windows PowerShell 3.0 and Windows PowerShell ISE are installed accessible on Windows 8.

How to Start Windows PowerShell on Windows 8

Use any of the following methods to start Windows PowerShell 3.0.

From the Start screen

  • On the Start screen, type PowerShell and then click Windows PowerShell.

From the desktop

  • Move the cursor to the top right corner of the screen, click Search, type PowerShell and then click Windows PowerShell.

To pin a Windows PowerShell shortcut to the taskbar, right-click the Windows PowerShell app tile, and then on the app bar, click Pin to taskbar.

At the Command Prompt

  • In Cmd.exe, Windows PowerShell, or Windows PowerShell ISE, to start Windows PowerShell, type:

    PowerShell
    

    You can also use the parameters of the PowerShell.exe program to customize the session. For more information, see PowerShell.exe Command-Line Help.

With Administrator permissions ("Run as administrator")

  • On the Start screen, type PowerShell, right-click the Windows PowerShell app tile, and then, in the app bar, click Run as administrator.

  • Move the cursor to the top right corner of the screen, click Search, type PowerShell, right-click the Windows PowerShell app tile, and then, on the app bar, click Run as administrator.

  • At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type:

    Start-Process PowerShell -Verb RunAs
    

How to Start Windows PowerShell ISE on Windows 8

Windows PowerShell ISE is an administrative tool in Windows 8. The procedure that you use to start Windows PowerShell ISE depends on whether the Show Administrative Tools setting is on or off.

From the Start screen

  • On the Start screen, type PowerShell_ISE and then click powershell_ise.

  • If Show Administrative Tools is on, on the Start screen, type ISE and then click Windows PowerShell ISE.

To pin a Windows PowerShell ISE shortcut to the taskbar, right-click the powershell_ise or Windows PowerShell ISE app tile, and then on the app bar, click Pin to taskbar.

From the desktop

  • Move the cursor to the top right corner of the screen and then click Search.

    Type PowerShell_ISE and then click powershell_ise.

  • If Show Administrative Tools is on, move the cursor to the top right corner of the screen and then click Search.

    Type ISE and then click Windows PowerShell ISE.

At the Command Prompt

  • In Cmd.exe, Windows PowerShell, or Windows PowerShell ISE, to start Windows PowerShell ISE, type:

    PowerShell_ISE
    

    You can also use the parameters of the PowerShell_ISE.exe program to customize the session. For more information, see PowerShell_ISE.exe Console Help.

With Administrator permissions ("Run as administrator")

  • From the Start screen, type PowerShell_ISE, right-click the powershell_ise app tile, and in the app bar, click Run as administrator.

  • On the desktop, move the cursor to the upper right corner, click Search, type PowerShell_ISE, right-click the powershell_ise app tile, and in the app bar, click Run as administrator.

  • At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type:

    Start-Process PowerShell_ISE -Verb RunAs
    

How to turn Show Administrative Tools on and off

The Show Administrative Tools setting is on by default on Windows Server 2012 and off by default on Windows 8.

To turn Show Administrative Tools on and off

  1. On the Start screen, move the cursor to the upper right corner, and click Settings and then, on the Start page, click Settings.

  2. To turn Show Administrative Tools on, move the slider to the Yes position.

    To turn Show Administrative Tools off, move the slider to the No position.

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