Windows Server 2008: Install Windows PowerShell

Posted July 18, 2007 by Rob Rogers in Windows

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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  • Tomas

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

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  • brett

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

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  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Balaji

    Cool tip

  • Maxell

    thank’s for the quick information.

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  • Alexander

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

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  • Mayamroch

    Very Helpful!!! Thank You!

  • lakshmi

    Very Helpful Tip.Thanx!

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    Thanks very very much for this guide

    • yassine

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  • geneva

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

  • geneva

    Should i also install a server manager or what?

  • Green Mile

    Thanks a lot. It works fine …

  • Tearhear18

    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.

  • Ajayroy

    good info

  • Rishi

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  • David

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

  • Zola

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

  • Tobi

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

  • Price

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  • ajay

    thank you so so so so so much for information

  • ajay

    thanks dear

  • Gopal

    Thanks for this helpful information.

  • tommed

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

  • Mamba

    Thanks so much.

  • Carlos

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

    • David Kirk

      Glad we could help!

  • CK

    Thanks a lot for the info :)

  • mani

    Every one can easily understand thanks lot

  • Jerry

    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.

    Canaan Jody Jerry

  • Peter

    Crystal Clear! Tnx!

  • Deepak Kumar

    Thank You, its Working Good.

  • sun

    thanks man…it did the trick for me…

  • Md Moinuddin

    Thanks… Very simple and very good.

  • Peter Tran

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

  • Balu

    Thanks a lot

  • Harshal

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

  • user

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