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Measure-Command - PowerShell 1.0

Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting tool based on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It is designed for system administrators, engineers and developers to control and automate the administration of Windows and applications.

More than hundred command-line tools (so called "cmdlets") can be used to perform system administration tasks and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). These cmdlets are easy to use, with standard naming conventions and common parameters, and standard tools for piping, sorting, filtering, and formatting data and objects.


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       The expression to be timed.
       Enclose the expression in {curly braces}

       An object that represents an expression.
       A command, expression or variable that contains the object(s).

       -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutVariable.

Measures the time it takes to run a "get-eventlog" command:

PS C:\>Measure-Command { get-eventlog }

Compare the performance of -filter and -include:

PS C:\>measure-command {get-childitem c:\windows -include *.txt -recurse}
PS C:\>measure-command {get-childitem c:\windows -filter "*.txt" -recurse}