I'm on Windows 8.1 and have been using this particular Windows installation for about 3 years. I am not a heavy Powershell user per se, but I do some programming and any command line work (git, node) is typically done in Powershell - either the "built in" one or running the shell through ConEmu.

In the last few days, PowerShell started acting up. The window would hang on startup. So I tried removing all commands from my profile. Now at least I got to the prompt. However, if I try to enter a command such as

cd src

it will hang there, apparenty forever. The same if I do tab-completion.

Some commands work fine. The ones I have found are actual program files, such as git, node and ember. However, they don't help me a lot if I can't get to the directory I need to be in...

Set-Location has the same problem.

Windows is being kept up to date and I have no outstanding updates that are waiting.

Anything I can do to get my shell back? I'll try to answer any requests for system info but if they are to be found through PS commands I might need an alternative.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Edit: Checking the version actually worked.

Major  Minor  Build  Revision
-----  -----  -----  --------
4      0      -1     -1

Edit 2: Output of $PSVersionTable:

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      4.0
WSManStackVersion              3.0
CLRVersion                     4.0.30319.42000
BuildVersion                   6.3.9600.17400
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.2

Edit 3: After looking further at ProcMon, here is the last thing I see from any process containing "powershell" in the name after it has listed the contents of the directory:

Screenshot of ProcMon events after powershell is frozen

  • What version of Powershell? – rrirower Mar 21 '16 at 13:37
  • v4, pasting in the question now. – Rune Jacobsen Mar 21 '16 at 13:39
  • What do you get if you try the command $PSVersionTable? – rrirower Mar 21 '16 at 13:42
  • Added above. :) – Rune Jacobsen Mar 21 '16 at 13:47
  • Does the same problem occur if you run in the ISE? – rrirower Mar 21 '16 at 13:51

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