Windows PowerShell Version Check

Check Your Version of PowerShell Windows PowerShell $PSVersionTable
with $PSVersionTable

PowerShell has a built-in variable called $PSVersionTable, it displays numeric information about the Version, Build and Compatibility.



This variable was first introduced in PowerShell version 2.0.

# Windows PowerShell Version Check.

Name 			Value 
---- -----
PSVersion 4.0
WSManStackVersion 3.0
CLRVersion 4.0.30319.18408BuildVersion 6.3.9600.16406
PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.2

Note 1: PSVersion is 4.0

Note 2: CLRVersion means Common runtime version.

Note 3: BuildVersion varies depending on the underlying operating system.

Detailed PowerShell Version Check

Here is a more detailed version check on the PowerShell executable.

# Windows PowerShell Version Check

Major 	Minor 	Build 	Revision   4 	  0 	  -1  	  -1 

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$Host – PowerShell Variable

Here is an alternative method to check your version of Windows PowerShell.

# Windows PowerShell Version Check

Name: 			Windows PowerShell ISE Host
Version: 4.0 InstanceId: d36fdafd-f9e9-4642-bc85-6dea29105f61
UI: System.Management.Automation. Internal.Host.InternalHostUserInterface
CurrentCulture: en-GB
CurrentUICulture: en-US
PrivateData: Microsoft.PowerShell.Host.ISE.ISEOptions
IsRunspacePushed: FalseRunspace: System.Management.Automation. Runspaces.LocalRunspace

Note 4: As with PSVersionTable, the PowerShell Version is 4.0

Checking Your .Net Version

Here is a script which interrogates the NET Framework section of the registry.

Get-ChildItem 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP' -Recurse |
Get-ItemProperty -Name Version -EA 0 |
Where { $_.PSChildName -Match '^(?!S)\p{L}'} |
Format-Table PSChildName, Version -AutoSize

PSChildName                      Version       -----------                      -------       v2.0.50727                       2.0.50727.5420v3.0                             3.0.30729.5420Windows Communication Foundation 3.0.4506.5420 Windows Presentation Foundation  3.0.6920.5011 v3.5                             3.5.30729.5420Client                           4.5.50938     Full                             4.5.50938     Client                      

Note 5: Observe the use of -Recurse to drill down to the sub keys. 

Note 6: Check the REGEX pattern matching: '^(?!S)\p{L}'

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Running PowerShell 4.0 as Version 2.0Windows PowerShell Version Check

My main reason for downgrading the version from 4 to 2 is for testing.  What I do is create a shortcut, and append -Version 2 to 
Target: ..\powershell.exe -version 2. 

Incidentally, Windows PowerShell is always installed in a sub-folder called v1.0.

Note 7: The syntax requires a space either side of -version.

Note 8: If you try -version 1 you still get PowerShell version 2!

Note 9: PowerShell v4 installs in a sub-directory called \v1.0\ (see above).

Name 			Value 
CLRVersion 2.0.50727
BuildVersion 6.1.7601
PSVersion 2.0
WSManStackVersion 2.0
PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0}
SerializationVersion 2.1

Other Useful PowerShell Testing Techniques

# PowerShell Version Test
If ($PSVersionTable.PSVersion.Major -gt 3) {Write-Host "Supports PowerShell Version 4"}
Else {Write-Host "Only supports version 3"}

Note 10:  When experimenting, you could substitute more useful code for "Supports Version 4"

See more PowerShell built-in variables »

Summary of PowerShell’s $PSVersionTable

Check your version of PowerShell with $PSVersionTable or $Host.  You can also append a -version 2 switch to run PowerShell 3 as a previous version.

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