In a cmd prompt, you can run two commands on one line like so:

ipconfig /release & ipconfig /renew

When I run this command in PowerShell, I get:

Ampersand not allowed. The `&` operator is reserved for future use

Does PowerShell have an operator that allows me to quickly produce the equivalent of & in a cmd prompt?

Any method of running two commands in one line will do. I know that I can make a script, but I'm looking for something a little more off the cuff.


Use a semicolon to chain commands in PowerShell:

ipconfig /release; ipconfig /renew
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    Will they run in parallel or sequentially? – Tarkus Jul 16 '14 at 1:13
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    This will run them sequentially, as does the & operator in cmd.exe. – Squeezy Jul 23 '14 at 5:38
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    There is big difference though - ";" runs the second command even if the first fails. – Ivan Oct 8 '14 at 16:50
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    As mentioned above, this is also the behavior of & in cmd.exe. – Squeezy Oct 8 '14 at 16:53
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    @Rafi Yes, Try {Command-One -ea Stop} Catch {Command-Two} – Dave_J Aug 5 '16 at 11:05

A semicolon will link the commands as the previous answer stated, although there is a key difference to the behaviour with the & operator in the MS-DOS style command interpreter.

In the command interpreter, the variable substitution takes place when the line is read. This allows some neat possibilities such as swapping variables without an interim:

set a=1
set b=2
set a=%b% & set b=%a%
echo %a%
echo %b%

Would result in:


As far as I know, there is no way to replicate this behaviour in PowerShell. Some may argue that's a good thing.

There is in fact a way to do this in PowerShell:

$b, $a = $a, $b

It will result in a single line swapping of the variable values.

  • Doesn't seem to work from "Target" field with -command option in shortcut though – clearlight Apr 6 '18 at 13:34

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