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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  • Is there any chance that this does not work on Windows 8 Pro x64 ? When I run the install I get the "This update is not applicable to your computer" message, but if I try to install Net Framework 4, or 4.5 I get a message that tells me they are already installed.

  • It would appear that Windows 8 comes with Powershell 3.0 preinstalled.

  • The download link www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx is not functional. Im at a clients site and need it desperately. Thanks

  • @Steve The link, www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx works (I just checked). PowerShell 3 is called the Windows Management Framework 3.0 -- and that leads to some confusion.

  • Okay so those who do not have .NET Framework 4.0 get the message "This update is not applicable to your computer" is understandable but why is it that I get the same when having .NET Framework 4.5 ?

  • Why is it so difficult to just install Powershell? Shouldn't this be a basic part of Windows?

  • Can I run PowerShell 3 commands against a computer that only has PS2 installed (e.g. Windows XP, base Win7)?
    What about the New-PSSession and Enter-PSSession cmdlets?