Scoop tries to 'just work' whether you run it from PowerShell or cmd.exe, but I recommend using PowerShell instead. Here's why.
Yes, Powershell has problems
Verb-Nounverbosity, commands that were seemingly not designed to be typed
- The ISE—a GUI for a command line interface. I know the commands are hard to type—but is point-and-clicking a solution?
- The name PowerShell, and the unofficial abbreviation PoSH. Cringe.
- “Everything's an object!” ends up feeling clumsy. Sometimes text is just easier to work with. Support for primitives, arrays and hashes would have been enough.
- Modules. Who knows how they work?
- Doesn't seem like a first class shell within Windows
- The built-in parameter parsing isn't good
- A heavy 'sysadmin' feel that makes developers/devops sad
You should still use PowerShell. Why? Because you can ignore most of these problems, and you're still left with a great, flexible, dynamic, functional scripting language.
You don't have to write
Verb-Noun 'cmdlets', just write a script. Return text from your powershell scripts if you want—because text is the universal interface. Parse your own parameters (or dot-source getopt). If someone mentions PoSH, ridicule them publicly (kidding).
So once you ignore the bad points, what are you left with?
- A very capable programming environment, much more so than cmd.exe.
- A fast REPL (like ScriptCS, but easier and more dynamic)
- The only scripting language that you can rely on being installed on Windows
- Great language support for primitive types, arrays and hashes
- The feeling of pride that comes from using an obscure shell. Zsh? Fish? Pfft. Virtually no-one uses PowerShell (not sure on the actual numbers there).
Yes, you're stuck using the ancient and seemingly-forgotten Windows Console, but you can get that working fairly nicely with a little customization.