Windows Server 2008: Install Windows PowerShell

PowerShell, Microsoft’s replacement for the commandline, is included with Windows Server 2008, but you do need to install it. Here are the steps you need to take to get PowerShell up and running on your server:


1. Click Start and select Server Manager.

2. When the Server Manager window appears, go to the left pane and select Features.

3. On the right, click the Add Features link.

4. Scroll down the list and check the Windows PowerShell checkbox.

5. Click Next.

6. Click Install.

7. When the installation is complete, Windows should display that the installation succeeded.

8. Click Close.

9. Close the Server Manager.

10. To open PowerShell, go to the Start Menu, click All Programs and expand the Windows PowerShell 1.0 folder to get to the shortcut to Windows PowerShell.

 

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53 Responses to “Windows Server 2008: Install Windows PowerShell”

  1. November 14, 2008 at 12:46 pm, Tomas said:

    Thank you for this work, you are heros like everyone else on the internet putting up howtoes

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    • January 24, 2011 at 8:20 am, Siddiqssis said:

      hi

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  2. December 16, 2008 at 4:17 am, brett said:

    Saved my life! Installing SQL 2008 requires this. Could not find the download… just needed the install. Many Thanks

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  3. March 20, 2009 at 10:49 am, jee said:

    mummo

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  4. September 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm, Anonymous said:

    yup, can’t install SQL 2008 without PowerShell. but, when I do try to add that feature the Windows Modules Installer crashes and Server Manager freezes and won’t install powershell. any ideas? thanks in advance.

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  5. October 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm, Balaji said:

    Cool tip

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  6. January 04, 2010 at 11:53 pm, Maxell said:

    thank’s for the quick information.

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  7. March 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm, Ken said:

    Thanks

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  8. May 07, 2010 at 4:42 pm, Alexander said:

    Thank you man :D !. Finally i can install SQL Server 2008. THx! :D !

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  9. May 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm, Marcelo - Uruguay said:

    Gracias

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  10. June 16, 2010 at 12:51 am, Dz518 said:

    life saving while installing sql 2008

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  11. August 02, 2010 at 4:56 pm, Soheb said:

    amazin … this is awesome … thanks alot :)

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  12. September 07, 2010 at 11:01 am, Sanya_y said:

    thanks

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  13. September 16, 2010 at 9:18 am, Prasoon_khare said:

    Thanx a lot

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  14. September 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm, Mayamroch said:

    Very Helpful!!! Thank You!

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  15. October 04, 2010 at 8:07 am, lakshmi said:

    Very Helpful Tip.Thanx!

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  16. October 13, 2010 at 10:11 am, Tanweer bravi said:

    Thanks very very much for this guide

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    • June 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm, yassine said:

      thanks you with all my heart.

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  17. October 15, 2010 at 10:08 am, Widedtrifi said:

    merci

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  18. November 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm, Sanjay18yadfav said:

    thanks u saved my time

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  19. December 02, 2010 at 6:49 am, geneva said:

    What if, in the start it has no Server Manager.How would i cope up with this problem?

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  20. December 02, 2010 at 6:51 am, geneva said:

    Should i also install a server manager or what?

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  21. December 15, 2010 at 10:42 am, Green Mile said:

    Thanks a lot. It works fine …

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  22. February 02, 2011 at 2:37 am, Tearhear18 said:

    Yes you need also to install server manager to complete the package
    but i try no to install it also work with the program i run.

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  23. February 25, 2011 at 9:33 am, Ajayroy said:

    good info

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  24. April 15, 2011 at 7:04 am, Rishi said:

    thank you dude

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  25. July 18, 2011 at 8:29 am, Dangngocthanh8888 said:

    thanks

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  26. August 02, 2011 at 10:44 am, Keerthan 22 said:

    thanku………

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  27. September 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm, ali said:

    thanks

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  28. September 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm, David said:

    Thanks! That saved me a lot of time and frustration.

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  29. October 03, 2011 at 1:16 am, Zola said:

    Thanks a lot you just taught us a easy way to do it….

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  30. October 07, 2011 at 9:15 am, Tobi said:

    Thanks, very helpful (and suprisingly simple for Microsoft)… Why woulnd’t that be part of the Application Server Role?

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  31. December 22, 2011 at 2:55 am, Price said:

    Toi… T’es un trop un boss !!!

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  32. December 27, 2011 at 9:36 am, dc said:

    Thanks….

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  33. March 27, 2012 at 6:36 am, ajay said:

    thank you so so so so so much for information

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  34. March 27, 2012 at 6:37 am, ajay said:

    thanks dear

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  35. May 05, 2012 at 3:07 pm, Gopal said:

    Thanks for this helpful information.

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  36. May 09, 2012 at 4:41 pm, tommed said:

    This is Windows 2008 R2 not Windows 2008 – should be more clear!

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  37. June 05, 2012 at 2:08 pm, Mamba said:

    Thanks so much.

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  38. June 06, 2012 at 12:11 pm, Carlos said:

    Thanks for the help to all us, the novices… great aid.!!!!

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    • June 06, 2012 at 3:34 pm, David Kirk said:

      Glad we could help!

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  39. June 20, 2012 at 7:29 am, CK said:

    Thanks a lot for the info :)

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  40. July 05, 2012 at 3:23 am, mani said:

    Every one can easily understand thanks lot

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  41. July 10, 2012 at 10:55 am, Jerry said:

    Windows Server 2008 r2 comes with Windows Powershell while Server 2008 does not have the application. How can I add it. Is there no way of installing it?

    Please guyz help me because im doing my MCITP training on VMware 7 which only supports windows server 2008 which is a X86 bit other than Server 2008 r2 which is a X64 bit.
    Waiting for your response please.

    Thanks
    Canaan Jody Jerry

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  42. July 17, 2012 at 9:46 am, Peter said:

    Crystal Clear! Tnx!

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  43. August 23, 2012 at 4:58 am, Deepak Kumar said:

    Thank You, its Working Good.

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  44. October 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm, sun said:

    thanks man…it did the trick for me…

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  45. December 13, 2012 at 7:39 am, Md Moinuddin said:

    Thanks… Very simple and very good.

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  46. January 15, 2013 at 6:45 am, Peter Tran said:

    Thank you Rob Rogers, I’m trying download it from website and finded this tut.
    Thanks againt

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  47. January 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm, Balu said:

    Thanks a lot

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  48. April 09, 2013 at 7:10 am, Harshal said:

    Thank u very much…this helped us in our final year BE project submission…again thanx….keep it up….

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  49. June 25, 2013 at 12:08 am, user said:

    This was really helpful. Such a well presented document. Thanks for publishing this.

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