PowerShell Core Silent Install (How-To Guide)


PowerShell Core is a automation and configuration tool/framework that works well with your existing tools and is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. It includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language and a framework for processing cmdlets. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of PowerShell Core from the command line using the MSI installers.

How to Install PowerShell Core Silently

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases
  2. Select the x86 version of your choice
  3. Download the PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find PowerShell entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PowerShell Core
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn
Download Link:https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/powershell-core-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases
  2. Select the x64 version of your choice
  3. Download the PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find PowerShell entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PowerShell Core
Vendor:Microsoft Corporation
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn
Download Link:https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/powershell-core-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download link provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create a PowerShell Core Installation Log File

The PowerShell Core MSI installers offer the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

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PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\PowerShellCorex86-Install.log"

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\PowerShellCorex64-Install.log"

Do Not Add PowerShell to Path Environment Variable

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with No PATH Environment Variable

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi ADD_PATH=0 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with No PATH Environment Variable

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi ADD_PATH=0 /qn

Do Not Register Windows Event Logging Manifest

PowerShell Core 32-bit

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi REGISTER_MANIFEST=0 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi REGISTER_MANIFEST=0 /qn

Enable PowerShell Remoting

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with PowerShell Remoting Enabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi ENABLE_PSREMOTING=1 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with PowerShell Remoting Enabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi ENABLE_PSREMOTING=1 /qn

Add ‘Open Here’ Context Menu to Explorer

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with Explorer Context Menu

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi ADD_EXPLORER_CONTEXT_MENU_OPENPOWERSHELL=1 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with Explorer Context Menu

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi ADD_EXPLORER_CONTEXT_MENU_OPENPOWERSHELL=1 /qn

Add ‘Run with PowerShell 7’ Context Menu for PowerShell Files

PowerShell Core 32-bit

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi ADD_FILE_CONTEXT_MENU_RUNPOWERSHELL=1 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi ADD_FILE_CONTEXT_MENU_RUNPOWERSHELL=1 /qn

Disable Updating PowerShell through Microsoft Update or WSUS

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with PowerShell Updating Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi ENABLE_MU=0 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with PowerShell Updating Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi ENABLE_MU=0 /qn

Disable Using Microsoft Update When Checking for Updates

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Install with Update Checks Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi USE_MU=0 /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Install with Update Checks Disabled

MsiExec.exe /i PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi USE_MU=0 /qn

How to Uninstall PowerShell Core Silently

Check out the PowerShell Core Install and Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

PowerShell Core 32-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x86.msi /qn

PowerShell Core 64-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x PowerShell-x.y.z-win-x64.msi /qn

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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