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Part 3: Advanced Topics > The Windows Script Host

Chapter 9. The Windows Script Host

One of the features that has distinguished operating systems like Unix and Linux from Windows is that they’ve made it relatively easy to write scripts that automate repetitive tasks. Since doing the same thing over and over again is one of the basic labor-saving benefits of a computer, the lack of robust scripting capabilities has always been one of the great weaknesses of Windows.

Originally released as part of Windows 98, the Windows Script Host (WSH) is Microsoft’s answer to this problem and a replacement for the remarkably limited batch file language (see Chapter 6). The addition of WSH to the Windows platform represents a major step forward in Windows’ role in the networking world.


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