Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC is Available for Download

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Yesterday we published an RC version of the Windows Management Framework 3.0.

Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC makes some updated management functionality available to earlier versions of Windows. Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC can be installed on the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (64-bit only) – Server Core now supported with the RC release.
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (32-bit & 64-bit) –


Windows Management Framework 3.0 contains Windows PowerShell 3.0, WMI and WinRM. The package also includes a CIM provider that allows you to collect management data from servers with Windows Management Framework 3.0 installed with the new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 RC


Feedback & Bugs
We welcome any feedback or bug submissions to the Windows PowerShell Connect site: The release notes for Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC include a list of user submitted Connect bugs that have been fixed since Windows Management Framework 3.0 Beta.


Additional Information:
Release notes are available on the download page. They contain important information about changes since Windows PowerShell 2.0 and a list of known issues.

You must uninstall any other copies of Windows Management Framework 3.0 before installing Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC.

This software is a pre-release version. Features and behavior are likely to change before the final release.

Check out the two blog posts about PowerShell 3.0 written by Jeffrey Snover on the Windows Server blog this week: Part I & Part II.


Travis Jones [MSFT]
Program Manager – Windows PowerShell
Microsoft Corporation

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  • Yes! Works finally on non-english systems!

  • Can we please get a couple of bugs fixed:

  • Dear PowerShell team, making PowerShell 3.0 available for Server 2008 SP2 but not Vista SP2 is spiteful. It won't hurt to support Vista SP2 customers and it will only spread MS goodwill. People may have upgraded to Windows 7 but Vista and Server 2008 are built off the same codebase so supporting Vista won't do any damage. Inserting checks into the MSU to not specifically install on Vista is just evil.

  • For those having problems installing the update, change the:

    Start > Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region > Region and Language > Keyboards and Language > Choose a display language to ENGLISH.

    End session or reboot and try again.

    Worked for me Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 English with Portuguese Language Pack activated.

  • ...any news about the final release date of Windows Management Framework 3.0?

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Windows Management Framework 3.0 RC is Available for Download