If I'm working within a single powershell console, and say I want to spawn another powershell console window.

Is there a way to do this?

If you type "powershell" at the prompt - it doesn't launch a new window, just starts a new powershell instance within the current console window.

Any thoughts?

3 Answers 3

Start-Process powershell
  • both works. but this 1 is easier to type/remember.
    – risyasin
    May 23, 2010 at 16:30
  • That'll do... Now what causes the background on the original console to be blue - but the "start-process powershell" console has a black background? (It's nice to have the differences) May 23, 2010 at 18:41
  • Yeap, insert mode is disabled too. Pretty weird!
    – l0c0b0x
    May 23, 2010 at 21:39
  • The console background color is tied to the shortut that started the process. Since you're using Start-Process you launch the actual executable instead of the shortcut you don't get the background color or the other settings that are set via the shortcut. No good idea how to circumvent that.
    – Joey
    May 28, 2010 at 14:01

Quick Google search would have helped:

Invoke-item "$pshome\powershell.exe"

For admin console:

start-process powershell -verb runAs
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    Can you explain how this adds to or improves the accepted answer?
    – Dave M
    Jan 1, 2016 at 13:52
  • @Dave M - Can you explain how its different from the accepted answer?
    – StingyJack
    Jul 11, 2017 at 14:52
  • @ StingyJack Not sure what you are asking from me. I asked if jakobii could add detail to answer to explain why it adds to or improved accepted answer.
    – Dave M
    Jul 11, 2017 at 17:36

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