Powershell 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - Release Candidate

Powershell 2.0 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 - Release Candidate

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Announcing the public release of Microsoft Windows Management Framework RC for Windows Vista SP1 and SP2, Windows Server 2008 RTM/SP1 and SP2. This RC includes release notes and the following components:


·        Windows PowerShell 2.0

·        WinRM 2.0

·        BITS 4.0


You can download it from here



This release is equivalent to the PowerShell 2.0 bits in Windows 7 RTM.  Packages for XP SP3 and Win2k3 SP2 are not included in this RC but they will be made available in future.



Osama Sajid

 [Update: 8/14/2009] Added SP details for Vista and W2K8


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  • Please add 2 and 7 and type the answer here:
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  • RTM for 7 and 2008R2;


  • Looks compatible with the Win7 RTM bits - this is exactly the sort of thing we were begging for in the last thread.   Thank you very much.

  • Thanks a bunch! this release is quicker than I had expected. Hope the XP and Win2K3 come out soon!

  • I'm just wondering why we need different versions for different opererating systems at all. I mean powershell is build on top of the .Net framework. It also builds partly on WinRM and bits etc. So why do you care what os ps is running on?

  • Hi all:

    Before everyone in 'the rest of the world' jump and uninstall CTP3:

    The WMF package does not install on all Vista configurations!

    One of my machines has Vista Home Premium, the Dutch language Windows version that is, and SP1 (Dutch SP2 not out yet). This machine runs Powershell 2.0 CTP3 smoothly, but the next step still has to wait until ...?  

  • @Eigner,

    Yes, it does run on the .NET Framework, but even the Framework has APIs that don't work for all OS.

    An extreme example is Server Core, the Framework doesn't provide any GUI features.

    Still whenever a product is released, Microsoft will go through a testing process for each OS.

  • So this is RC not final release.  Any idea when the final release is scheduled for?

  • Hello,

    Can you roughly estimate when the RC will be available for XP and 2003.

  • It doesn't install for me on 32-bit Server 2008 SP1, it complains it isn't for this OS, which is odd. Runs CTP3 fine.

  • If this is a RC, does this mean a RTM is what we need to wait on before deploying to production boxes ?

    Also when i downloaded from


    it mentions an update to the msu file on 9/9/2009 but when i examine the file i can see that file has been signed @ "03 September 2009 01:16:24"

    Is this download\file the correct file ?

    Thanks i advance and looking forward to using v2

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  • Running Vista SP2 w PS 1.0 installed. When trying to install 2.0 (Windows6.0-KB968930-x86_Update), it also complains, that the Update is not designed for my OS. I installed PS 1 in the context of MS SQL Server 2008 Exypres SP1, and now I want to upgrade to PS 2. What can I do to achieve this?

  • Since Google ranks this page so highly, might you remove this from the blog?

  • "PowerShell 2.0 Download" link hs : blogs.msdn.com/.../powershell+2-0+download then clic on powershell 2.0 and back to the same page... with no download.

  • I am novice, but isn't it suggested to uninstall PowerShell 1.0 before installing PowerShell 2.0?  The information I read instructed me to go to Control Panel to uninstall PS 1.0, but I find that it is not listed there, but is found in System32 folder.  (I believe that I read this in instructions for prerequisites for Microsoft Download Manager.)

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