I have been running the same Windows setup for too long. It has become slow and I believe putting a new setup from scratch would help.

The one thing that stops me from doing that is PowerShell's CTRL+R history, which I use extensively.

How do I export, and then import this history file after re-installing Windows?

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PSReadline stores the console history in this file:


Copying that file across installations will bring over the history. The directory structure might not exist in the new installation at first, so after reinstalling, you should open a PowerShell prompt, run any command (thereby making PSReadline create the structure), close the prompt, and then paste the file.

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