PowerShell 3.0 Is Now Available for Download!

PowerShell 3.0 Is Now Available for Download!

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Summary: Windows PowerShell 3.0 is now available for download!

WooHoo! Windows PowerShell 3.0 is now available to download for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and for Windows Server 2008. Windows PowerShell 3.0 comes in the Management Framework 3.0. You can download Windows PowerShell 3.0 from the Microsoft Download Center. You need to download the appropriate package for your target operating system. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 must have at Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2008 requires Service Pack 2. There are a number of enhancements in Windows PowerShell 3.0 including workflow, new cmdlets, and improvement language features. You may want to begin your exploration of Windows PowerShell 3.0 by reading my blog, My Five Favorite PowerShell Tips and Tricks.

NOTE: For information about installing Windows PowerShell 3.0 on Windows 7, see this blog post: Install PowerShell 3 on Windows 7.


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  • Installed the MFC 3.0 on four different systems and  three of them gave me "This update is not applicable to your computer" error when trying to install it. Updating the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 on those systems fixed the issue.


  • @Gandalf50 you are right, PowerShell 3.0 requires .NET FRAMEWORK 4.0 and that must be installed prior to installing the Management Framework 3.0. Thank you for point this out.

  • I'been working with it a couple of weeks ago...(in Beta, obiously...) it's "amazing" to script on!!! let's Rock with it GUYS...

  • Nice! Updating from the 'RC' version worked flawlessly on my W7 x64.

  • Is there any news if PowerShell/WinRM 3.0 will be available through WSUS?

  • I understand Windows Server 2008 is supported because of the powerful administration features for servers in the Management Framework. Is Windows Vista really supported? If not, why not?

  • @Gandalf50: You might also want to directly install .net 4.5 framework and skip the installation of the older 4.0 version. .net 4.5 is a mainly an updated version of the 4.0 framework. On my system the powershell 3.0 also launches a bit faster with .net 4.5 than with the older version.

  • Another user who tried to install and failed because .net framework 4 was not installed. Any chance of getting the Microsoft webpage to add this to the pre-requisites? Currently it just mentions Win7sp1

    Also, fwiw, the .net framework 4.5 is available at www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx

  • @Ramón Sola

    I expect because Vista is out of "mainstream" support: ended 2012-04-10 (see support.microsoft.com/lifecycle) while Server 2008 is still in: ends 2015-01-13 (see support.microsoft.com/lifecycle).

  • Hi .. have the framework and Power shell 3 install on my Win 7 x64 machine and there are only 303 cmdlets ... so I did some searching and it appears that most of the additional cmdlets are only available on Server 2012 or Windows 8, is that true?

    ... are there any modules not tied to Roles and Features on the new Operating Systems that can be installed on Win7?


  • Hi,

    Will it be available for windows 2003 ?

  • Is there a Powershell 2.0 script to install Powershell 3.0?

  • Yeah, you can use Powershell 2.0 to install Powershell 3.0

    First you need to use the exe for .NET 4 with switches /q and possibly /norestart

    Then call the Windows Stand Alone updater to install the .msu for Powershell 3.0 then exit powershell so it can install.

    dotNet4.exe /q /norestart

    wusa Powershell3.0.msu /quiet


  • Is powershell 3.0 compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server 2008 R2 ?

  • We use Office 365 and I see some warnings about PowerShell 3 not being compatible with Exchange 2010.  We are not using a hybrid install.  We also use SharePoint with Office 365.  We do not use the other products that are listed as having issues.  Will I have problems managing Office 365 with PowerShell 3?