Windows Management Framework is here!

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Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy. IT Professionals can now easily manage their Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines through PowerShell remoting – that’s a huge win!

You can download the packages here:


Lee Holmes [MSFT]

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  • Would you be more specific about the service packs supported for OS.. can I install it on XP-SP2?

    Where are the release notes? Whats the difference between this an PowerShell on Widows 7?

    Pl complete the blog with these "required" details"

  • There is no download for Windows 7 on the URL. Where can we get the update for Windows 7?

  • just 2 words .... Thank you!



  • @Polk,

    This is v2 for pre-Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) operating systems.  This basically doesn't apply to Windows 7...  You already have it out of the box.


    They can't be any more specific about what is supported.  It says the supported SPs in the link if you read it fully.  I do agree on the requirement for outlining what may not work on older systems like XP.  For example, transactions aren't supported on XP and Server 2003.

  • The release notes and list of supported platforms is included in the KB article (the supplied link points there).  Windows 7 already includes these components.

  • Polk -- that's because Windows 7 already includes this entire release.

  • First off all, great news!

    One more question: what about Windows XP x64 SP2?

    The article doesn't specify, if it supported. Can i just use "Windows Management Framework Core for Windows Server 2003 x64"?


  • Very cool.  Any word on when we'll be able to use it on Exchange 2007 servers?

  • I don't see downloads for Itanium-based Server 2003 or 2008.  Is Itanium not supported?

  • Interesting. It installed PS2 over my PS1 executable, which is located in c:\windows\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0.

  • @Rob,

    Regarding Exchange 2007 support, that would be provided by the Exchange team.

    I believe Exchange 2007 SP2 will support v2.

  • Why does Microsoft always make it so difficult?  If someone comes to this site looking for a "Download PowerShell" hyperlink, it will take them minutes to even figure out that the only way to get it is as a part of this "Framework".  (Don't you have anyone who works in UI or web design there???) You need to have a simple hyperlink which says "Download the Latest Version of PowerShell Here", and then on the download page it will have to say at the top "The only way to get PowerShell on XP/2003/Vista/2008 is by installing it as a part of this Framework, Windows 7 and later has it already..."

  • Whoa. This installed on top of my PowerShell v1 install as well (at c:\windows\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0).

    Is this expected?

  • Windows Management Framework is not entirely supported on the downlevel OS (e.g. XP, Windows 2003) ;-p

    Only the Management Framework Core (PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0) is supported .  BITS 4.0 is only supported on the newer OS (Vista and up).  

    Having said that, this is still a great win for the Powershell enthusiast.   But I thought I mention that for somebody who may not catch that like me initially :).  In my excitement, I misscommunicated to many people only to later realized I should have left the BITS 4.0 out of that.

    By the way,

    Chris Brinkley, I have been complaining about it since PS V2 even surfaced to general public.  I thought it was confusing.  However, who listens to me? :-D

  • @Chris Brinkley,

    Yes, v2 still installs over the v1.0 directory structure.

    This will remain until there's some major changes to the underlying .NET Framework.  So I understand...

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