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How to Install and Update PowerShell 7

By March 24, 2024No Comments

Windows PowerShell is installed on Windows systems by default. But that’s Windows PowerShell and not PowerShell. To make the most out of PowerShell, you should upgrade to PowerShell 7. In this article, you will learn how to install and update PowerShell 7.

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Use the winget upgrade command to update PowerShell 7 to the latest version.

winget upgrade --id Microsoft.PowerShell

The other methods to upgrade PowerShell 7 are to download the installer from GitHub or run the one-liner as shown above, which then you can go through the setup wizard to update PowerShell.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How to uninstall Windows PowerShell 5.1 on Windows after installing PowerShell 7?

You don’t. It’s integrated with Windows OS, and you must leave it on your system.

Why does Windows PowerShell ISE show version 5.1 when I have PowerShell 7 installed?

PowerShell ISE loads Windows PowerShell 5.1 and not PowerShell 7.

How can I keep using Windows PowerShell ISE with PowerShell 7?

Switch over to Visual Studio Code. It’s a free, lightweight, open-source, cross-platform code editor.

Will PowerShell 7 load automatically in Visual Studio Code?

PowerShell 7 takes precedence over Windows PowerShell 5.1 and loads by default.

Can I switch between Windows PowerShell 5.1 and PowerShell 7 in Visual Studio Code?

Select a default profile and choose Windows PowerShell 5.1 or PowerShell 7.

How can we know which cmdlets and modules are supported in PowerShell 7?

Microsoft keeps a release history of the modules and cmdlets.

Why doesn’t Microsoft ship PowerShell 7 with Windows?

Microsoft plans to eventually ship PowerShell 7 in Windows as a side-by-side feature with Windows PowerShell 5.1. But they still need to work out some details, and there is no timeline for when that will happen.

Should I use Windows PowerShell 5.1 or PowerShell 7?

You should definitely use PowerShell 7 when you can. But ensure you test all your cmdlets and scripts before transitioning to PowerShell 7.

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