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Get-Credential wasn't working after ps2exe

Feb 23, 2015 at 2:40 PM
I was using Get-Credential in my ps1 code and the created .exe was not working as expected. I was being prompted in the console for a username, but it would fail saying the password was null and not allow me to type in my password. I fixed this by updating the PromptForCredential function, specifically the one below, removing the if-statement.
public override PSCredential PromptForCredential(string caption, string message, string userName, string targetName, PSCredentialTypes allowedCredentialTypes, PSCredentialUIOptions options)
    if (!CONSOLE)
        ik.PowerShell.CredentialForm.UserPwd cred = CredentialForm.PromptForPassword(caption, message, targetName, userName, allowedCredentialTypes, options);
        if (cred != null )
            System.Security.SecureString x = new System.Security.SecureString();
            foreach (char c in cred.Password.ToCharArray())

            return new PSCredential(cred.User, x);
        return null;
    if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(caption))
    Write("User name: ");
    string un = ReadLine();
    SecureString pwd = null;
    Write("Password: ");
    pwd = ReadLineAsSecureString();
    PSCredential c2 = new PSCredential(un, pwd);
    return c2;
Once the above was fixed, I noticed that the password was being displayed in plain text, something that would not be acceptable for the .exe I was creating. To fix this, I updated the function ReadLineAsSecureString(), see below for code update.
public override System.Security.SecureString ReadLineAsSecureString()
    System.Security.SecureString x = new System.Security.SecureString();
    while (true)
        ConsoleKeyInfo i = Console.ReadKey(true);
        if (i.Key == ConsoleKey.Enter)
        else if (i.Key == ConsoleKey.Backspace)
            if (x.Length > 0)
                x.RemoveAt(x.Length - 1);
                Console.Write("\b \b");
    return x;
This works for the console application, but when using -noconsole, we are unable to use Get-Credential at all, as there is no prompt for credentials. Can I recommend the above code be added to the repository as an enhancement? Is there any troubleshooting or code updates to allow Get-Credential to work when -noconsole is used? Thank you.
Mar 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM
Do you want to send me the complete ps2exe-script with your modifications? Don't forget to add a comment in the top with your name.
Mar 9, 2015 at 9:52 PM
I can do that. What is your preferred method of delivery?
Jun 27, 2016 at 11:23 AM
I have the same problem. I solved this issue.

Code not Work:
$cred = Get-credential

Code Works:
$Cred = $host.ui.PromptForCredential("Need credentials", "Please enter your user name and password.", "", "")