Launching Programs and Keeping in Touch

by Oct 26, 2010

Normally, when you launch a program from inside PowerShell, you will lose contact to it. However, by using Start-Process with the -passthru parameter, you will return the process object, which you can then store and later use to check the execution status, error codes, or even kill the program:

$process = Start-Process notepad.exe -passThru

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