Windows Mobile PowerShell Provider

In the spirit of "tidying things up," and pushing out nearly-there projects, I turned my attention to I have my fingers in way too many pies I think and I'm just not finding enough time to get things finished off - but enough is enough. I am trying to clear my plate, and this is fruit number #2 of that attempt at self-correction. I have some other important out of band work that I need to complete, but I find I cannot concentrate on that until these personal projects that have been niggling me for ages are dealt with. Anyway, lets dispel a couple of questions with a screenshot:


  • ActiveSync 4.2 or higher (or Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.0+ on Vista) Download
  • A Windows Mobile device (PocketPC/SmartPhone 2002, 2003, 2003SE, Windows Mobile 5, 6 or 6.1)
  • Windows PowerShell 1.0 or 2.0 (CTP) Download



  • Copy, Move, Delete items between folders on your device (including Storage Card) with standard PowerShell Cmdlets
  • Move/Copy files to/from your device and your desktop with ConvertTo-WMFile and ConvertFrom-WMFile
  • Get device information and manipulate and explore the registry with a rich device object returned from Get-WMDevice
  • Invoke-Item against remote items to or execute or trigger their associated applications
  • Invoke-Item with -Local switch to attempt to execute a remote file in the context of your local desktop (e.g. office docs or images/videos)
  • New "Mode" attributes specific to Windows Mobile file attributes: (I)nRom, Rom(M)odule
  • File/Folder objects' attributes can be modified with .Attributes properties just like FileInfos etc.
  • Tab completion with MoW's PowerTab Download

File Manipulation

A picture's worth a thousand words.


Cmdlets and Definitions

Here's a table of the syntax for the included Cmdlets.

Cmdlet Definition WhatIf / Confirm
ConvertFrom-WMFile * [-Path] [-Destination] [-Force] [-Verbose] Yes
  [-LiteralPath] [-Destination] [-Force] [-Verbose] Yes
ConvertTo-WMFile * [-Path] [-Destination] [-Force] [-Verbose] Yes
  [-LiteralPath] [-Destination] [-Force] [-Verbose] Yes
Get-WMDeviceInfo [-Verbose]  
Get-WMMemoryInfo [-Verbose]  
Get-WMStoreInfo [-Verbose]  
Start-WMActiveSync [-Verbose]  
Stop-WMActiveSync [-Verbose]  
Start-WMProcess [-LiteralPath] [[-Arguments] ] [-Verbose]  
Get-WMDevice [-Verbose]  

* These Cmdlets that accept a path will bind to pipeline input via PSPath property name.

If you've got any problems, suggestions or ideas, please post into the discussions board on the web site. Have fun!

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Irish, PowerShell MVP, .NET/ASP.NET/SharePoint Developer, Budding Architect. Developer. Montrealer. Opinionated. Montreal, Quebec.

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