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  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Verify Syntax of Path

    Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to verify the syntax of a path. How can I use Windows PowerShell to verify that a path that accepts user input is using the correct syntax? Use the –IsValid parameter of the Test-Path cmdlet, for example: PS C:\> $a = "c:\myfolder\nonexistentfile...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Using PowerShell to Look for Documents

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about different approaches to find documents with Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. It is a lovely weekend down here in the deep south USA. I am sipping a nice cup of English Breakfast tea with lemon, lime, orange pith...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Explore Old Windows VHDs

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to explore old Windows VHDs. Hey, Scripting Guy! It is time for spring clean-up around our datacenter. I am not talking about chasing out dust bunnies, although that is part of it. What I am talking about is trying...
  • Blog Post: PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Find Virtual Hard Disks

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to find virtual hard disks on your system. I notice that my disk space appears to be disappearing at a rapid rate, and I suspect someone is creating virtual hard disks (VHDs) and forgetting about them. How can I use Windows PowerShell to find all the VHDs on my system...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Create Documents from Template

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to create Word documents from a template. Hey, Scripting Guy! I often need to create a bunch of Word documents. These documents have a number of standard features. Right now, I basically paste the last document I was...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Count Images with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, counts the images he used in Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts through the years. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. I have been writing the Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog for a while…actually, quite a while. It is the best job I have ever had—and...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Investigate File Signatures—Part 2

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Boe Prox, concludes this two-part series about investigating file signatures with Windows PowerShell and the .NET Framework. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Welcome back guest blogger, Boe Prox , for the conclusion of the two-part series he started yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Investigate File Signatures—Part 1

    Summary : Windows PowerShell MVP, Boe Prox, talks about investigating file signatures by using Windows PowerShell. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This weekend we have a two-part series from guest blogger, Boe Prox … When you work with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM), one...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Files that Have Not Been Accessed

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to find files that have not been accessed for some time. Hey, Scripting Guy! On our server, we have tons of files. Unfortunately, many of them haven’t been accessed for years. I know the cost of storage is coming...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Find Metadata from Photograph Files

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to obtain metadata from photo files. Hey, Scripting Guy! I need some help. I have thousands of photo files on my computer. I need to bring some order to them. I know that I can use Get-ChildItem from Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: List Music File Metadata in a CSV and Open in Excel with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shares a function that gets file metadata, and then he writes the information to a CSV file. Hey, Scripting Guy! Getting basic file properties such as the file name, the size of a file, and the directory that a file resides in is pretty cool. But when...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Create CSV File to Open in Excel

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about exporting a directory list to a CSV file and opening the file in Microsoft Excel with Windows PowerShell. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a lot of music files that reside in nested folders. I would like to be able to look at the file information...
  • Blog Post: List Files in Folders and Subfolders with PowerShell

    Summary : Use Windows PowerShell to list files in folders and subfolders. Hey, Scripting Guy! I am an old VBScript guy. I love using VBScript, and I have done so for nearly 15 years. One reason I love VBScript so much is that, to me, it is easy to use. It is also very powerful. But after attending...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Delete Specific Files in a Specific Folder?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I access the files in the folder T:\Act and delete any files that have the string “current” somewhere in the file name? -- SC Hey, SC. We have to admit, the notion of deleting anything current has a certain appeal, doesn’t it? Well, not for the Scripting Guys, of course;...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Get a List of All the .dll Files in a Folder, Along with Their Version Numbers?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I get a list of all the .dll files in a folder, along with their version numbers? -- DD Hey, DD. You know, when we sit down to write this column we usually try to start off with an amusing and at least semi-relevant anecdote. In this case, that would mean a cute story about...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! Quick-Hits Friday: The Scripting Guys Respond to a Bunch of Questions (05/22/09)

    How Can I Determine if a Particular Windows Feature Is Installed? Hey, Scripting Guy! I am new to Windows PowerShell scripting and have a little experience with WMI thanks to your Windows PowerShell Scriptomatic tool. I'm trying to determine whether a particular optional Windows component or feature...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Use Windows PowerShell to Locate All the .WMA Files on My Computer?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I use Windows PowerShell to locate all the .wma files on my computer? -- LC Hey, LC. Harry Potter. Hogwarts. Ron Weasley. Dumbledore. Quiddich. What’s all that about? Oh, nothing: just a few words that idly floated through the head of the Scripting Guy who writes this...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Toggle the Archive Bit on Files

      Summary : Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to toggle file attributes such as the archive bit. Hey, Scripting Guy! I have a number of files that have had the archive bit flipped. Unfortunately, our backup program relies on the archive bit to determine if it has backed up a file recently or if...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Parse a Tab-Delimited File and Then Save That as a Comma-Separated Values File?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I parse a tab-delimited file, and then save the resulting information as a comma-separated values file? -- DM Hey, DM. You know, yesterday morning the Scripting Guy who writes this column had to scrape the ice off his windshield; today it’s much warmer – 44 at last report...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Monitor the Number of Files in a Folder?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! We have a third-party application that rarely crashes; however, when it does crash it seriously disrupts our business. We can always tell when the application is getting ready to crash; at that point, one of its directories starts filling up with log files. How can we be notified...
  • Blog Post: Use PowerShell to Copy Files to a Shared Drive

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to copy a script collection to a shared network drive. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Well, it is Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States. Today is a cardio day. I spend the day running...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Automate Formatting Portable USB Drives with PowerShell

    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, shows how to use Windows PowerShell to automate formatting and copying data to USB drives. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today we leave the mystery writers conference in Nashville, Tennessee and head to northern Kentucky. I will be teaching...
  • Blog Post: Installing PowerShell on Windows XP, and Copying Files

    Summary : Learn how to install Windows PowerShell 2.0 on Windows XP, and how to distribute files between two folders.   In this Post: Where Can I Download Windows PowerShell 2.0 for Windows XP? How to Distribute Files Between Folders   Where Can I Download Windows PowerShell 2.0 for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hey, Scripting Guy! How Can I Change the Letter Case of My File Names?

    Hey, Scripting Guy (and the $12 million-a-year Scripting Editor)! Is there a way to mass-rename all the files in a folder, changing the letter case as needed? -- MV Hey, MV. To begin with, we should mention that we know that you actually asked two questions in your email. We’re going to deal...
  • Blog Post: How Can I Take Ownership of a File or Folder By Using a Script?

    Hey, Scripting Guy! How can I take ownership of a file or folder using a script? -- RV Hey, RV. Interesting question. In the past, the Scripting Guys have tried to take ownership of a Porsche 911, beachfront property in Hawaii, and the New York Yankees; all of those efforts failed. Considering our...