Windows console is just pure trash, although there's Cygwin which helps out a bit.
PowerShell 2.0 is one of Windows 7's best kept secrets and makes up for a lot in my experience. Still not as great as bash and its variances for linux/unix, but leaps and bounds better than the basic cmd line. If you know what you are doing, you can script UIs via the .NET framework as well as access system features, processes, etc. through WMI. its awesome. Highly recommend it to windows power users. If you got good enough at it, i suspect you could code a game in it.