PoshTIP #3 – Determine installed PowerShell version

PoshTip #3 – Determine installed PowerShell version

First of all, to check if PowerShell is installed, you need to check this registry key :

Get-ItemProperty HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1 -Name Install

If it exist, then PowerShell is well installed. Below, we will see how to check the PowerShell version.

I will not describe $host.version because it is not reliable. For example in PowerGUI, it returns the PowerGUI host version which is not the same as the PowerShell engine version.

First method

To determine the engine version, just copy and paste this code :


Major  Minor  Build  Revision
-----  -----  -----  --------
5      0      10240  16384

If $PSVersionTable does not exist, it’s entirely safe to assume that you are on v1.0.

Second method

Use the registry database and check the following key :

Get-ItemProperty HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\3\PowerShellEngine -Name PowerShellVersion
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