Eric Bergman-Terrell's Blog

Replacing .BAT Files with PowerShell Scripts
November 19, 2006

Now that PowerShell has been released, I've sworn off .BAT files forever. I have a few .BAT files that I'm converting to PowerShell scripts.

Here's one way to quickly convert your legacy .BAT files to PowerShell scripts that you can run from Desktop shortcuts:

Step 1: Enable script execution. By default, PowerShell doesn't allow script execution. If you execute the Get-ExecutionPolicy command immediately after installing PowerShell you'll see that the execution policy is "Restricted" which means that no scripts can be run. You can enable script execution with the Set-ExecutionPolicy command. Set the execution policy to "RemoteSigned" to allow execution of unsigned local scripts, and signed scripts downloaded from the Internet. Set the execution policy to RemoteSigned as follows:

PS C:\temp> Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Step 2: Create a folder in which your scripts will be stored. For example, create a folder named C:\PSScripts.

Step 3: Add a script file named Example.ps1 to the C:\PSScripts folder. Note, that's a digit one at the end of the .ps1 file type. Add the following text to Example.ps1:

Write-Output "Hello"
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10

Write-Output "Goodbye"
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10

Step 4: Create a Desktop shortcut to PowerShell: Click Start / Programs / Windows PowerShell 1.0 and right-click Windows PowerShell and click Copy. Then right-click the Desktop and click Paste.

Step 5: Rename the Desktop shortcut to Example. Right-click the shortcut, click Properties, and select the Shortcut tab. In the Target text box enter the following:

%SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -command "& 'C:\PSScripts\Example.ps1' "

Now when you double-click the Desktop shortcut the Example.ps1 script will run.

Keywords: PowerShell, command shell, .NET, .BAT files, scripts, scripting

Reader Comments

NameCommentURLDate/Time
MansoorHi, Thanks a lot for shareing ur code for creating bat files with powershell .This was very full for my project,.... thanks once again.... -Mansoor
 November 5, 2009
Kenny JosephThanks!
 May 18, 2009

Comment on this Blog Post

Recent Posts

TitleDate
How to decompile Java code with JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA (2018.2.3, Windows 10)October 5, 2018
Java Programming Tip: SWT Photo Frame ProgramOctober 31, 2016
Vault 3 (Desktop) Version 1.63 ReleasedSeptember 9, 2016
"Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016"April 9, 2016
Disable "Visual Voicemail" on Android / T-MobileJanuary 17, 2016
IPv6 HumorDecember 10, 2015
Java Programming Tip: Specify the JVM time zoneDecember 7, 2015