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Navigating Windows PowerShell

Published: May 20, 2009

Updated: August 9, 2012

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows PowerShell 3.0

One of the most powerful features of Windows PowerShell® is that it lets you navigate through many different data stores by using the same familiar techniques that you use to navigate in the file system.

In addition to the familiar file system drives, such as C: and D:, Windows PowerShell includes drives that represent the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM:) and HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU:) registry hives, the digital signature certificate store on your computer (Cert:), and the functions in the current session (Function:), among others. These are known as Windows PowerShell drives.

Windows PowerShell® comes with several useful drives which are supported by Windows PowerShell providers. To see a list of Windows PowerShell drives, type:

get-psdrive

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