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How to uninstall Windows PowerShell

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  • I attempted In-Place install of Vista SP2 over an exiting Vista SP2, then a message said I must uninstall Windows PowerShell.  There is its short-cut in the program folder but there is no such entry in Add/Remove list.
    How can I uninstall the Windows Powershell?
    Friday, August 07, 2009 7:50 PM

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  • Hi,

    Try to remove it from Installed Updates:

    1. Click on “Control Panel” in “Start menu”
    2. Go to “Uninstall a program” in “Control Panel”
    3. Click on “View installed updates” in “Programs and Features”
    4. Right click on Update which reads Powershell and uninstall it.

    Hope it helps.

    Thanks.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 2:32 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Try to remove it from Installed Updates:

    1. Click on “Control Panel” in “Start menu”
    2. Go to “Uninstall a program” in “Control Panel”
    3. Click on “View installed updates” in “Programs and Features”
    4. Right click on Update which reads Powershell and uninstall it.

    Hope it helps.

    Thanks.
    Monday, August 10, 2009 2:32 AM
  • Thanks for your help.
    • Proposed as answer by Tedur Tuesday, November 24, 2009 8:41 AM
    Monday, August 10, 2009 12:29 PM
  • thank u very much
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 8:46 AM
  • Thanks, that helped me.
    Tuesday, September 14, 2010 9:28 PM
  • Thank, that also work for mi.
    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 1:17 PM
  • What happens if you cant find it in the View Installed Updates section either? I cant find it anywhere to uninstall...

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:12 PM
  • Good question.

    I have had the same problem with both windows 7 and vista updates. Powershell just does not show up in the installed updates folder anywhere or it must be hidden within some other update. Yet upgrade needs it uninstalled.

    Where is it hiding? The only link I've found is the shortcut link. I'd like to just turn it off but another Microsoft web page said that will not satisfy windows upgrade. It must be we are the only two people in the world that the powershell kb928439 installed update does not show in the installed updates file.

    Friday, October 08, 2010 5:09 PM
  • It must be we are the only two people in the world that the powershell kb928439 installed update does not show in the installed updates file.
    Well, I'm third. :^(
    Friday, October 22, 2010 10:22 AM
  • And I must be the fourth with this addition. I "did" supposedly uninstall it from Add/Remove Programs and it's still active from the Start menu within Windows XP Prof. (obviously).  :-)
    Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:17 PM
  • Count me in - I thought I had PowerShell deleted in Add/Remove Programs - but apparently it is still there and I cannot complete the In-Place upgrade on my Windows Vista.
    Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:07 AM
  • i had the same problem. BUT i thought if i could found the KB number of the update that powershell, i could removed it through control panel.

    So i went in control panel> windows update> view update history> i looked for any update with the powershell word and thats it!

    Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0 for Windows Vista (KB968930) dont search it through the bar.. does not work!

    the rest was easy! go to the Control Panel\Programs and Features > Installed Updates and just search through bar this time! and unistall!

    i hope i helped!

    Monday, November 15, 2010 7:13 PM
  • Worked for me! Thanks.
    • Proposed as answer by Dr Bell Saturday, December 04, 2010 5:10 PM
    Friday, November 19, 2010 8:02 PM
  • I had the same problem. It was not showing up as an installed program or update...it was still there though!

    I even tried to install it and then uninstall it, nothing seemed to work.


    After playing around I decided to manually remove the files but even after trying to change the permissions, it would not let me delete them. What a pain.


    Here is my quick fix:

    Open "Computer" and navigate into your Local Disk C: (or wherever your windows install is located).

    Navigate into the Windows folder and then the System32 folder.
    (C:\Windows\System32\)

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit version of windows, it is also listed in the SysWow64 folder.

    (C:\Windows\SysWow64\)


    Find the "WindowsPowerShell" folder. Right-click on it and click Rename.

    Rename the folder to WindowsPowerShell2.

    Close the window and attempt to perform the upgrade again.


    You will still have the shortcuts for Powershell in your start menu and anywhere else they appear, you can right-click them and delete them.

    OR

    If your feeling spunky, you can rename the folder back to WindowsPowerShell, after the upgrade, despite it being incompatible...but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Hope this helps. Best of Luck and have a blessed day!
    Thanks.

    Dr. Bell
    Systems Specialist
    CompTIA A+, IC3

    • Proposed as answer by Dr Bell Saturday, December 04, 2010 5:30 PM
    • Edited by Dr Bell Saturday, December 11, 2010 7:47 PM Found a change in x64 versions.
    Saturday, December 04, 2010 5:29 PM
  • I know this is old, but just in case someone else has this issue.

    Go to Windows Update - View Update History

    You should see "Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0 for Windows Vista (KB968930)"

    Then look through Installed Updates and you should see "Windows Management Framework Core (KB968930)"

    The KB#'s are the same. Uninstall it. Reboot. Run the upgrade.

    Worked like a champ for me...though ur milage may vary.

    • Proposed as answer by Microbolt Monday, October 17, 2011 6:15 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Microbolt Monday, October 17, 2011 6:24 PM
    • Proposed as answer by microzoft . net Sunday, February 05, 2012 8:29 PM
    Monday, February 07, 2011 5:11 PM
  • On xp they are not the same but still the same uninstall process nontheless.  I just looked for windows management uninstalled and the vista upgrade worked.
    Sunday, February 13, 2011 5:42 PM
  • I tried all your suggestions and still cannot find the update to remove.  Could my multiboot config cause part of this?  New laptop had 7 Home ed; I reinstalled Home ed with 2 HDD partitions. Put retail 7 Pro (not upgrade) on 2nd partition.    No update listed by the name or number cited above (checked both partitions).  All Programs/Accessories/Powershell exists listing both x86 (32-bit) and 64-bit versions, plus ISE for both (whatever that is). No uninstall there.  In Windows features again, I recognize nothing that would be associated with the powershell.

    Can you guide me to another solution or a good place to pick up troubleshooting?  I don't create scripts, don't want to, and don't want such unnecessary stuff running or cluttering my resources.  Please help.  I have no idea what evoked the message that psdiagnostic.exe cannot load because something was disabled.  How can I disable it?  Are there 6 or 8 copies on this setup?  Would MS Office 2007 Ultimate have installed it?

    Here's my computer setup: Dell, dual-core CPU, 4G RAM, 64-bit, using Win 7 Pro almost always.  Uninstalled all my scientific apps, reset MS Office 2007 Ultimate to bare bones (for 'first usage' installation wherever poss). Restored OS defaults.  Cold boot. In Run... the command powershell.exe launches. Prompt shows exe in 1 path in Pro partition. Task Manager shows 2 PS services running, with identical paths.  No indication if one is 64-bit vs 32-bit.  No uninstall or update exe in path or subfolders.  Don't know how or when PS got on computer. Am not able, nor want, to write/edit scripts. To my knowledge I did not install program, feature, or update/hotfix for scripting.  No home network; 1 printer. (Ptr works okay on diff stand-alone PC.)

    Home ed. always was faster than Pro. 2 weeks performance SLOW: 25+% physical memory used, >2 min to shutdown, >1 min to get to initial Windows logo, no indication of which services if any hang up during the shutdown (checked Event Logs). Can't ID cause of spiking CPU usage. Using Performance Monitor and all above, improved 4% RAM usage.  Also, now Home ed won't boot at all.  Since the psdiagnostic.exe problem arose, I get the following error message when double clicking on a Word doc to open it in Word: "Can't send command to the program."  While message still displayed, MS Word will completely launch, but it will immediately close the initial blank document and block opening files from 'recent documents.'  No such problems when use Word menu or toolbar to open doc.  Also, no error message if opening MS Word via Start/All Programs, etc.

    My concern right now is only the Pro as it is critical to my work, which I must complete by Tues.  Do I have the same problem? a multiboot problem? or a different problem all together?  I appreciate any direction offered.  Thank you.  --cc

     

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 6:40 PM
  • hey

    Robinson Zhang

     

    I got one for you as to when is microsoft going to stop with the just do it as to putting program on ever pc that uses windows and start asking the would you like this program and a short discripiont of it and what it does insted of uses user having to look and hunt for ways to get programs off our pc that are no good to some uses please tell us or me would you

    thanks you

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:14 PM
  • "C:\WINDOWS\$968930Uinstall_KB968930$\spuninst\spuninst.exe"
    • Proposed as answer by FlyDino Wednesday, November 06, 2013 2:33 PM
    Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:50 AM
  • Excellent! Short-Sweet-ToThePoint
    Friday, April 22, 2011 2:51 PM
  • ok then Short-Sweet To The Point

    Folder empty so now what can be done


    HEY Microsoft Don't make us have it! try asking us if we want it first befor pushing the progrma on to us all !
    Friday, April 22, 2011 6:32 PM
  • Renaming to windowspowershell2 worked! Renamed in both the System32 and SysWow64 folders. Note: You may have to install the Powershell first, then uninstall,  in order to do the renaming. Thanks - been pulling my hair out all day. Tried renaming before, but it didn't work. So either the reinstalling/uninstalling, or renaming with the 2 at the end worked.
    • Proposed as answer by VixRulez4ever Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:44 AM
    Monday, May 16, 2011 9:08 PM
  • Rafal,

     I was reading the posts and yours seemed so simple to resolve that I just had to help you resolve your problem. First and most important on  O.S Vista the Powershell program is listed as (Windows Management Framework Core KB968930). Open installed Windows Updates and locate this listing - uninstall.

    Presto! If you need any more help with resolving simple problems, e-mail me [redacted] this is not my primary account but I do check it from time to time so please be patient on an answer.


    Saturday, June 04, 2011 2:03 PM
  • This update is also know as "Windows Framework Management Core Package". might make it easier to find if it was named powershell, but then again that is microsoft for ya.

    • Proposed as answer by compTechRose Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:12 PM
    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:42 PM
  • After hours of hair-tear I found this workaround. This worked like a charm Dr. Bell !!! A Zillion thanks to you.
    • Proposed as answer by VixRulez4ever Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:43 AM
    Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:42 AM


  •  

    This update is also know as "Windows Framework Management Core Package". might make it easier to find if it was named powershell, but then again that is microsoft for ya.

    Windows Framework Management Core Package ( kb968930 ) =  Powershell 2.0    

     

    Thanks  :)

    Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:16 PM
  • thanks f or a very interesting read, i was thinking i was on my own with this up date problem, so now that ive deleted the powershell will it come back as a new up date and if so should we not re install it in the future.

    thanks in advance gary

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:05 PM
  • Awesome -- worked like a charm. Simple -- elegant.
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 5:18 PM
  • I had the same problem. It was not showing up as an installed program or update...it was still there though!

    I even tried to install it and then uninstall it, nothing seemed to work.


    After playing around I decided to manually remove the files but even after trying to change the permissions, it would not let me delete them. What a pain.


    Here is my quick fix:

    Open "Computer" and navigate into your Local Disk C: (or wherever your windows install is located).

    Navigate into the Windows folder and then the System32 folder.
    (C:\Windows\System32\)

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit version of windows, it is also listed in the SysWow64 folder.

    (C:\Windows\SysWow64\)


    Find the "WindowsPowerShell" folder. Right-click on it and click Rename.

    Rename the folder to WindowsPowerShell2.

    Close the window and attempt to perform the upgrade again.


    You will still have the shortcuts for Powershell in your start menu and anywhere else they appear, you can right-click them and delete them.

    OR

    If your feeling spunky, you can rename the folder back to WindowsPowerShell, after the upgrade, despite it being incompatible...but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Hope this helps. Best of Luck and have a blessed day!
    Thanks.

    Dr. Bell
    Systems Specialist
    CompTIA A+, IC3

    Worked for me....Thanks!!! 
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:15 AM
  • This didn't work.  Powershell is not in the list to uninstall !
    Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:26 PM
  • THANK YOU DR. BELL!!

    Alleluia!!  My computer is now in the process of upgrading!!

    I've tried so many things for two months without success, that I was ready to give up on my computer!

    Here is something else I just found with additional instructions before renaming the powershell folder,  in case this solution is not enough for somebody else.

    http://www.box.com/s/j5t65xlxykxk4caan1l1

    I did not use it as Dr. Bell's instructions were enough for me!

    I renamed the folder to windowspowershellold, wondering if and when powershell2 comes around there would be a conflict.  At any rate the renaming did the trick for me.

    Kind regards to all,

    A. Patricia Pedraza

    Wednesday, February 08, 2012 5:55 PM
  • Edward, check Dr. Bell's or my post reply to him.  I finally resolved it an hour ago with that.

    A. Patricia Pedraza

    Wednesday, February 08, 2012 6:01 PM
  • You're a champ alright!!  Worked for me too!
    Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:56 AM
  • I must be #5  it point me to an empty folder and not on the add remove area either.  Help!
    Wednesday, June 06, 2012 6:12 PM
  • http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968930
    Windows Management Framework Core package (Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0)

    This affects everything on the computer.  Updated on my system November 2010. 

    Labeled as "Windows Management Framework Core" in add and remove programs.  Found it by clicking one each and every update and support information for each.  Now backing up my system and creating a restore point just in case.

    I am going to remove it and see what happens. be back later I hope.

    434.321.6095

    • Proposed as answer by summerangel Wednesday, June 06, 2012 6:37 PM
    Wednesday, June 06, 2012 6:36 PM
  • 8 hours later and it worked and the upgrade went well.   After the new OS was installed it updated the .NET and corrected any remaining issues.
    Thursday, June 07, 2012 1:45 AM
  • On Vista x86 SP2...

    Go to Control Panel / Add/Remove Programs.

    In the column on the left, bottom option is:

    "Turn Windows Features on or off".

    Chose that.

    Scroll down, and THERE you will find the option to disable and remove Powershell features.

    Sigh? ; ) And...

    Peace!

    Devvie


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    POST-EDIT September 11th, 2013: I again encountered this problem and I wrote more solutions, here: http://scforum.info/index.php/topic,8363.msg21315.html#msg21315

    Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:10 AM
  • Also read: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd351188.aspx

    Uninstall Previous Versions of Windows PowerShell and Windows Remote Management

                3 out of 28 rated this helpful - Rate this topic

    Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP2

    Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

    You need to uninstall previous versions of Windows PowerShell and Windows Remote Management (WinRM) before you can install Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0. This procedure should be performed on computers running Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP.

    You don't need to perform this procedure on computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. The current version of Windows Management Framework is already installed on these operating systems.

    Looking for other management tasks related to Windows PowerShell and Windows Remote Management? Check out Managing Exchange Management Shell Connections.

    Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
    If you want to run remote Shell on a computer that already has Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 installed, you don't need to perform this procedure. Instead, for more information about how to open the Shell with the Exchange management tools installed, see Open the Shell.

    You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "PowerShell and WinRM installation" entry in the Exchange and Shell Infrastructure Permissions topic.

    1. In Control Panel, in Programs, open Programs and Features.
    2. Uninstall any instances of Windows PowerShell that appear in the installed programs list or the installed updates list. Previous versions may appear as Windows PowerShell(TM) V2 if you have installed the Community Technology Preview (CTP) versions of Windows PowerShell v2. If Windows PowerShell v1 is installed, it might be listed as a Windows update with one of the following Knowledge Base article numbers:
      • KB928439
      • KB923569
      Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
      You might need to click the View installed updates link in the Tasks sidebar to view currently installed updates.

    You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "PowerShell and WinRM installation" entry in the Exchange and Shell Infrastructure Permissions topic.

    1. Start Server Manager and navigate to Features.
    2. Click Uninstall Features.
    3. Select Windows PowerShell and follow the directions to uninstall.

    You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "PowerShell and WinRM installation" entry in the Exchange and Shell Infrastructure Permissions topic.

    1. In Control Panel, in Programs, open Programs and Features.
    2. Uninstall any instances of Windows PowerShell that appear in the installed programs list or the installed updates list.
      Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
      You might need to click the View installed updates link in the Tasks sidebar to view currently installed updates.

    You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "PowerShell and WinRM installation" entry in the Exchange and Shell Infrastructure Permissions topic.

    1. In Control Panel, in Programs, open Programs and Features.
    2. Uninstall any instances of Windows Remote Management that appear in the installed programs list or the installed updates list. WinRM might be listed as a Windows update with one of the following Knowledge Base articles numbers:
      • KB936059
      • KB950099
      Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
      You might need to click the View installed updates link in the Tasks sidebar to view currently installed updates.
    1. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
    2. Uninstall any instances of Windows PowerShell that appear in the installed programs list or the installed updates list. Windows PowerShell might be listed as a Windows update with the Knowledge Base article number KB926139.
      Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
      You might need to select the Show updates box to view currently installed updates.
    1. In Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.
    2. Uninstall any instances of Windows Remote Management that appear in the installed programs list or the installed updates list. WinRM might be listed as a Windows update with the Knowledge Base article number KB936059.
      Dd351188.note(en-us,EXCHG.141).gifNote:
      You might need to select the Show updates box to view currently installed updates.

    Other Tasks for Peace!

    Devnullius


    After you uninstall all previously installed versions of Windows PowerShell and WinRM, you need to install Windows Management Framework. For more information, see Install Windows Management Framework.

    Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:13 AM
  • I know this is old, but just in case someone else has this issue.

    Go to Windows Update - View Update History

    You should see "Windows PowerShell 2.0 and WinRM 2.0 for Windows Vista (KB968930)"

    Then look through Installed Updates and you should see "Windows Management Framework Core (KB968930)"

    The KB#'s are the same. Uninstall it. Reboot. Run the upgrade.

    Worked like a champ for me...though ur milage may vary.

    Brilliant discovery!! You have saved me numerous grueling hours of searching for something so frustratingly idiotic!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!! :-)
    Sunday, July 29, 2012 2:00 AM
  • well - i have had to remove powershell on 4 windows xp upgrades and on neither was it listed in "the installed updates file".. 
     now i have to do it the hard way again!

    • Proposed as answer by dmstar Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:20 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by dmstar Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:24 PM
    • Proposed as answer by dmstar Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:28 PM
    Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:29 PM
  • In the program features page, look for add or remove features. It's usually in there.
    • Proposed as answer by dmstar Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:27 PM
    Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:22 PM
  • Pardon the other dribble. This is my first occasion.  In or around the  program features (sometimes on the left side) there will be a 'turn features on or off', give it time to load. It's usually in there. Uncheck it and wait.
    Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:35 PM
  • Nice find that did it for me,,,   Leave it to MS to name it totally non-descriptive.   "Windows Framework Management Core Package"= "Powershell" 

    Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:00 PM
  • I'm a Microsoft CERTIFIED Pro 13 Years and its not showing in my clients Win Pro Media Center?????

    We're ALL Blind?????


    Tampa/StPete Computer Tech

    Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:02 PM
  • Your the man!!! works for upgrading to vista!

    Thanks a lot

    Lucien

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:29 AM
  • Thanks - this worked for me.
    Saturday, October 05, 2013 3:54 PM
  • Show Hidden files sorted it for me

    Mark Bale

    Friday, November 01, 2013 9:05 AM
  • "C:\WINDOWS\$968930Uinstall_KB968930$\spuninst\spuninst.exe"

    Runed like charm.
    Tuesday, November 12, 2013 1:57 PM
  • Thank you!! Worked PERFECTLY!!
    Monday, November 25, 2013 8:54 PM
  • Tried absolutely everything else, but nothing worked. This solved my issue!

    I had the same problem. It was not showing up as an installed program or update...it was still there though!

    I even tried to install it and then uninstall it, nothing seemed to work.


    After playing around I decided to manually remove the files but even after trying to change the permissions, it would not let me delete them. What a pain.


    Here is my quick fix:

    Open "Computer" and navigate into your Local Disk C: (or wherever your windows install is located).

    Navigate into the Windows folder and then the System32 folder.
    (C:\Windows\System32\)

    Note: If you are running a 64-bit version of windows, it is also listed in the SysWow64 folder.

    (C:\Windows\SysWow64\)


    Find the "WindowsPowerShell" folder. Right-click on it and click Rename.

    Rename the folder to WindowsPowerShell2.

    Close the window and attempt to perform the upgrade again.


    You will still have the shortcuts for Powershell in your start menu and anywhere else they appear, you can right-click them and delete them.

    OR

    If your feeling spunky, you can rename the folder back to WindowsPowerShell, after the upgrade, despite it being incompatible...but I wouldn't recommend it.

    Hope this helps. Best of Luck and have a blessed day!
    Thanks.

    Dr. Bell
    Systems Specialist
    CompTIA A+, IC3


    Monday, December 23, 2013 5:12 AM
  • It can also be part of KB2506143 "Windows Management Framework 3.0".
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014 8:50 PM
  • Thank you. your instructionworked flawlessly. I can now upgrade from XP no support now to Vista since this
    system came with vista license but at the time we refused to run vista now is better than nothing.
    Friday, May 23, 2014 5:09 PM