Differences between Windows PowerShell 5.1 and PowerShell 7.x

Windows PowerShell 5.1 is built on top of the .NET Framework v4.5. With the release of PowerShell 6.0, PowerShell became an open source project built on .NET Core 2.0. Moving from the .NET Framework to .NET Core allowed PowerShell to become a cross-platform solution. PowerShell runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

There are few differences in the PowerShell language between Windows PowerShell and PowerShell. The most notable differences are in the availability and behavior of PowerShell cmdlets between Windows and non-Windows platforms and the changes that stem from the differences between the .NET Framework and .NET Core.

This article summarizes the significant differences and breaking changes between Windows PowerShell and the current version of PowerShell. This summary does not include new features or cmdlets that have been added. Nor does this article discuss what changed between versions. The goal of this article is to present the current state of PowerShell and how that is different from Windows PowerShell. For a detailed discussion of changes between versions and the addition of new features, see the What's New articles for each version.

.NET Framework vs .NET Core

PowerShell on Linux and macOS uses .NET core, which is a subset of the full .NET Framework on Microsoft Windows. This is significant because PowerShell provides direct access to the underlying framework types and methods. As a result, scripts that run on Windows may not run on non-Windows platforms because of the differences in the frameworks. For more information about changes in .NET Core, see Breaking changes for migration from .NET Framework to .NET Core.

Each new release of PowerShell is built on a newer version of .NET. There can be breaking changes in .NET that affect PowerShell.

  • PowerShell 7.3 (preview) - Built on .NET 7.0 (preview)
  • PowerShell 7.2 (LTS-current) - Built on .NET 6.0 (LTS-current)
  • PowerShell 7.1 - Built on .NET 5.0
  • PowerShell 7.0 (LTS) - Built on .NET Core 3.1 (LTS)
  • PowerShell 6.2 - Built on .NET Core 2.1
  • PowerShell 6.1 - Built on .NET Core 2.1
  • PowerShell 6.0 - Built on .NET Core 2.0

With the advent of .NET Standard 2.0, PowerShell can load many traditional Windows PowerShell modules without modification. Additionally, PowerShell 7 includes a Windows PowerShell Compatibility feature that allows you to use Windows PowerShell modules that still require the full framework.

For more information see:

Product terminology used in the documentation

The documentation for PowerShell consists of two types of content: cmdlet reference and conceptual content. The cmdlet reference is version specific. You can switch versions from the drop-down menu at the top-left of the page. The conceptual content does not change when you change versions. In general, the concepts apply to all versions of PowerShell, unless the article calls out a specific version.

  • PowerShell - This is the default name we use for the product. When we use this name in the documentation we are talking about the current version of PowerShell. Differences between PowerShell and Windows PowerShell are noted by noting the specific version.
  • Windows PowerShell - PowerShell built on .NET Framework. Windows PowerShell ships only on Windows and requires the complete Framework. It is possible to run both PowerShell and Windows PowerShell on the same Windows computer.

Modules no longer shipped with PowerShell

For various compatibility reasons, the following modules are no longer included in PowerShell.

  • ISE
  • Microsoft.PowerShell.LocalAccounts
  • Microsoft.PowerShell.ODataUtils
  • Microsoft.PowerShell.Operation.Validation
  • PSScheduledJob
  • PSWorkflow
  • PSWorkflowUtility

PowerShell Workflow

PowerShell Workflow is a feature in Windows PowerShell that builds on top of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) that enables the creation of robust runbooks for long-running or parallelized tasks.

Due to the lack of support for Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET Core, we removed PowerShell Workflow from PowerShell.

In the future, we would like to enable native parallelism/concurrency in the PowerShell language without the need for PowerShell Workflow.

If there is a need to use checkpoints to resume a script after the OS restarts, we recommend using Task Scheduler to run a script on OS startup, but the script would need to maintain its own state (like persisting it to a file).

Cmdlets removed from PowerShell

For the modules that are included in PowerShell, the following cmdlets were removed from PowerShell for various compatibility reasons or the use of unsupported APIs.

CimCmdlets

  • Export-BinaryMiLog

Microsoft.PowerShell.Core

  • Add-PSSnapin
  • Export-Console
  • Get-PSSnapin
  • Remove-PSSnapin
  • Resume-Job
  • Suspend-Job

Microsoft.PowerShell.Diagnostics

  • Export-Counter
  • Import-Counter

Microsoft.PowerShell.Management

  • Add-Computer
  • Checkpoint-Computer
  • Clear-EventLog
  • Complete-Transaction
  • Disable-ComputerRestore
  • Enable-ComputerRestore
  • Get-ComputerRestorePoint
  • Get-ControlPanelItem
  • Get-EventLog
  • Get-Transaction
  • Get-WmiObject
  • Invoke-WmiMethod
  • Limit-EventLog
  • New-EventLog
  • New-WebServiceProxy
  • Register-WmiEvent
  • Remove-Computer
  • Remove-EventLog
  • Remove-WmiObject
  • Reset-ComputerMachinePassword
  • Restore-Computer
  • Set-WmiInstance
  • Show-ControlPanelItem
  • Show-EventLog
  • Start-Transaction
  • Test-ComputerSecureChannel
  • Undo-Transaction
  • Use-Transaction
  • Write-EventLog

Microsoft.PowerShell.Utility

  • Convert-String
  • ConvertFrom-String

PSDesiredStateConfiguration

  • Disable-DscDebug
  • Enable-DscDebug
  • Get-DscConfiguration
  • Get-DscConfigurationStatus
  • Get-DscLocalConfigurationManager
  • Publish-DscConfiguration
  • Remove-DscConfigurationDocument
  • Restore-DscConfiguration
  • Set-DscLocalConfigurationManager
  • Start-DscConfiguration
  • Stop-DscConfiguration
  • Test-DscConfiguration
  • Update-DscConfiguration

WMI v1 cmdlets

The following WMI v1 cmdlets were removed from PowerShell:

  • Register-WmiEvent
  • Set-WmiInstance
  • Invoke-WmiMethod
  • Get-WmiObject
  • Remove-WmiObject

The CimCmdlets module (aka WMI v2) cmdlets perform the same function and provide new functionality and a redesigned syntax.

New-WebServiceProxy cmdlet removed

.NET Core does not support the Windows Communication Framework, which provide services for using the SOAP protocol. This cmdlet was removed because it requires SOAP.

*-Transaction cmdlets removed

These cmdlets had very limited usage. The decision was made to discontinue support for them.

  • Complete-Transaction
  • Get-Transaction
  • Start-Transaction
  • Undo-Transaction
  • Use-Transaction

*-EventLog cmdlets

Due to the use of unsupported APIs, the *-EventLog cmdlets have been removed from PowerShell. Get-WinEvent and New-WinEvent are available to get and create events on Windows.

Cmdlets that use the Windows Presentation Framework (WPF)

.NET Core 3.1 added support for WPF, so the release of PowerShell 7.0 restored the following Windows-specific features:

  • The Show-Command cmdlet
  • The Out-GridView cmdlet
  • The ShowWindow parameter of Get-Help

PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) changes

Invoke-DscResource was restored as an experimental feature in PowerShell 7.0.

Beginning with PowerShell 7.2, the PSDesiredStateConfiguration module has been removed from PowerShell and has been published to the PowerShell Gallery. For more information, see the [announcement][PSDSC-announce] in the PowerShell Team blog.

PowerShell executable changes

Renamed powershell.exe to pwsh.exe

The binary name for PowerShell has been changed from powershell(.exe) to pwsh(.exe). This change provides a deterministic way for users to run PowerShell on machines and support side-by-side installations of Windows PowerShell and PowerShell.

Additional changes to pwsh(.exe) from powershell.exe:

  • Changed the first positional parameter from -Command to -File. This change fixes the usage of #! (aka as a shebang) in PowerShell scripts that are being executed from non-PowerShell shells on non-Windows platforms. It also means that you can run commands like pwsh foo.ps1 or pwsh fooScript without specifying -File. However, this change requires that you explicitly specify -c or -Command when trying to run commands like pwsh.exe -Command Get-Command.
  • pwsh accepts the -i (or -Interactive) switch to indicate an interactive shell. This allows PowerShell to be used as a default shell on Unix platforms.
  • Removed parameters -ImportSystemModules and -PSConsoleFile from pwsh.exe.
  • Changed pwsh -version and built-in help for pwsh.exe to align with other native tools.
  • Invalid argument error messages for -File and -Command and exit codes consistent with Unix standards
  • Added -WindowStyle parameter on Windows. Similarly, package-based installations updates on non-Windows platforms are in-place updates.

The shortened name is also consistent with naming of shells on non-Windows platforms.

Support running a PowerShell script with bool parameter

Previously, using pwsh.exe to execute a PowerShell script using -File provided no way to pass $true/$false as parameter values. Support for $true/$false as parsed values to parameters was added. Switch values are also supported.

Improved backwards compatibility with Windows PowerShell

For Windows, a new switch parameter UseWindowsPowerShell is added to Import-Module. This switch creates a proxy module in PowerShell 7 that uses a local Windows PowerShell process to implicitly run any cmdlets contained in that module. For more information, see Import-Module.

For more information on which Microsoft modules work with PowerShell 7.0, see the Module Compatibility Table.

Microsoft Update support for Windows

PowerShell 7.2 added support for Microsoft Update. When you enable this feature, you'll get the latest PowerShell 7 updates in your traditional Windows Update (WU) management flow, whether that's with Windows Update for Business, WSUS, SCCM, or the interactive WU dialog in Settings.

The PowerShell 7.2 MSI package includes following command-line options:

  • USE_MU - This property has two possible values:
    • 1 (default) - Opts into updating through Microsoft Update or WSUS
    • 0 - Do not opt into updating through Microsoft Update or WSUS
  • ENABLE_MU
    • 1 (default) - Opts into using Microsoft Update the Automatic Updates or Windows Update
    • 0 - Do not opt into using Microsoft Update the Automatic Updates or Windows Update

Engine changes

Support PowerShell as a default Unix shell

On Unix, it is a convention for shells to accept -i for an interactive shell and many tools expect this behavior (script for example, and when setting PowerShell as the default shell) and calls the shell with the -i switch. This change is breaking in that -i previously could be used as short hand to match -inputformat, which now needs to be -in.

Custom snap-ins

PowerShell snap-ins are a predecessor to PowerShell modules that do not have widespread adoption in the PowerShell community.

Due to the complexity of supporting snap-ins and their lack of usage in the community, we no longer support custom snap-ins in PowerShell.

Experimental feature flags

PowerShell 6.2 enabled support for Experimental Features. This allows PowerShell developers to deliver new features and get feedback before the design is complete. This way we avoid making breaking changes as the design evolves.

Use Get-ExperimentalFeature to get a list of available experimental features. You can enable or disable these features with Enable-ExperimentalFeature and Disable-ExperimentalFeature.

Load assembly from module base path before trying to load from the GAC

Previously, when a binary module has the module assembly in GAC, we loaded the assembly from GAC before trying to load it from module base path.

Skip null-element check for collections with a value-type element type

For the Mandatory parameter and ValidateNotNull and ValidateNotNullOrEmpty attributes, skip the null-element check if the collection's element type is value type.

Preserve $? for ParenExpression, SubExpression and ArrayExpression

This PR alters the way we compile subpipelines (...), subexpressions $(...) and array expressions @() so that $? is not automatically true. Instead the value of $? depends on the result of the pipeline or statements executed.

Fix $? to not be $false when native command writes to stderr

$? is not set to $false when native command writes to stderr. It is common for native commands to write to stderr without intending to indicate a failure. $? is set to $false only when the native command has a non-zero exit code.

Make $ErrorActionPreference not affect stderr output of native commands

It is common for native commands to write to stderr without intending to indicate a failure. With this change, stderr output is still captured in ErrorRecord objects, but the runtime no longer applies $ErrorActionPreference if the ErrorRecord comes from a native command.

Change $OutputEncoding to use UTF-8 NoBOM encoding rather than ASCII

The previous encoding, ASCII (7-bit), would result in incorrect alteration of the output in some cases. Making UTF-8 NoBOM the default preserves Unicode output with an encoding supported by most tools and operating systems.

Unify cmdlets with parameter -Encoding to be of type System.Text.Encoding

The -Encoding value Byte has been removed from the filesystem provider cmdlets. A new parameter, -AsByteStream, is now used to specify that a byte stream is required as input or that the output is a stream of bytes.

Change New-ModuleManifest encoding to UTF8NoBOM on non-Windows platforms

Previously, New-ModuleManifest creates psd1 manifests in UTF-16 with BOM, creating a problem for Linux tools. This breaking change changes the encoding of New-ModuleManifest to be UTF (no BOM) in non-Windows platforms.

Remove AllScope from most default aliases

To speed up scope creation, AllScope was removed from most default aliases. AllScope was left for a few frequently used aliases where the lookup was faster.

-Verbose and -Debug no longer overrides $ErrorActionPreference

Previously, if -Verbose or -Debug were specified, it overrode the behavior of $ErrorActionPreference. With this change, -Verbose and -Debug no longer affect the behavior of $ErrorActionPreference.

Also, the -Debug parameter sets $DebugPreference to Continue instead of Inquire.

Make $PSCulture consistently reflect in-session culture changes

In Windows PowerShell, the current culture value is cached, which can allow the value to get out of sync with the culture is change after session-startup. This caching behavior is fixed in PowerShell core.

Allow explicitly specified named parameter to supersede the same one from hashtable splatting

With this change, the named parameters from splatting are moved to the end of the parameter list so that they are bound after all explicitly specified named parameters are bound. Parameter binding for simple functions doesn't throw an error when a specified named parameter cannot be found. Unknown named parameters are bound to the $args parameter of the simple function. Moving splatting to the end of the argument list changes the order the parameters appears in $args.

For example:

function SimpleTest {
    param(
        $Name,
        $Path
    )
    "Name: $Name; Path: $Path; Args: $args"
}

In the previous behavior, MyPath is not bound to -Path because it's the third argument in the argument list. ## So it ends up being stuffed into '$args' along with Blah = "World"

PS> $hash = @{ Name = "Hello"; Blah = "World" }
PS> SimpleTest @hash "MyPath"
Name: Hello; Path: ; Args: -Blah: World MyPath

With this change, the arguments from @hash are moved to the end of the argument list. MyPath becomes the first argument in the list, so it is bound to -Path.

PS> SimpleTest @hash "MyPath"
Name: Hello; Path: MyPath; Args: -Blah: World

Language changes

Null-coalescing operator ??

The null-coalescing operator ?? returns the value of its left-hand operand if it isn't null. Otherwise, it evaluates the right-hand operand and returns its result. The ?? operator doesn't evaluate its right-hand operand if the left-hand operand evaluates to non-null.

$x = $null
$x ?? 100
100

In the following example, the right-hand operand won't be evaluated.

[string] $todaysDate = '1/10/2020'
$todaysDate ?? (Get-Date).ToShortDateString()
1/10/2020

Null-coalescing assignment operator ??=

The null-coalescing assignment operator ??= assigns the value of its right-hand operand to its left-hand operand only if the left-hand operand evaluates to null. The ??= operator doesn't evaluate its right-hand operand if the left-hand operand evaluates to non-null.

$x = $null
$x ??= 100
$x
100

In the following example, the right-hand operand won't be evaluated.

[string] $todaysDate = '1/10/2020'
$todaysDate ??= (Get-Date).ToShortDateString()
1/10/2020

Null-conditional operators

Note

This feature was moved from experimental to mainstream in PowerShell 7.1.

A null-conditional operator applies a member access, ?., or element access, ?[], operation to its operand only if that operand evaluates to non-null; otherwise, it returns null.

Since PowerShell allows ? to be part of the variable name, formal specification of the variable name is required for using these operators. So it is required to use {} around the variable names like ${a} or when ? is part of the variable name ${a?}.

In the following example, the value of PropName is returned.

$a = @{ PropName = 100 }
${a}?.PropName
100

The following example will return null, without trying to access the member name PropName.

$a = $null
${a}?.PropName

Similarly, the value of the element will be returned.

$a = 1..10
${a}?[0]
1

And when the operand is null, the element isn't accessed and null is returned.

$a = $null
${a}?[0]

Note

The variable name syntax of ${<name>} should not be confused with the $() subexpression operator. For more information, see Variable name section of about_Variables.

Added & operator for job control

Putting & at the end of a pipeline causes the pipeline to be run as a PowerShell job. When a pipeline is backgrounded, a job object is returned. Once the pipeline is running as a job, all of the standard *-Job cmdlets can be used to manage the job. Variables (ignoring process-specific variables) used in the pipeline are automatically copied to the job so Copy-Item $foo $bar & just works. The job is also run in the current directory instead of the user's home directory.

New methods/properties on PSCustomObject

We've added new methods and properties to PSCustomObject. PSCustomObject now includes a Count/Length property like other objects.

$PSCustomObject = [pscustomobject]@{foo = 1}

$PSCustomObject.Length
1
$PSCustomObject.Count
1

This work also includes ForEach and Where methods that allow you to operate and filter on PSCustomObject items:

$PSCustomObject.ForEach({$_.foo + 1})
2
$PSCustomObject.Where({$_.foo -gt 0})
foo
---
  1

Conversions from PSMethod to Delegate

You can convert a PSMethod into a delegate. This allows you to do things like passing PSMethod [M]::DoubleStrLen as a delegate value into [M]::AggregateString:

class M {
    static [int] DoubleStrLen([string] $value) { return 2 * $value.Length }

    static [long] AggregateString([string[]] $values, [func[string, int]] $selector) {
        [long] $res = 0
        foreach($s in $values){
            $res += $selector.Invoke($s)
        }
        return $res
    }
}

[M]::AggregateString((gci).Name, [M]::DoubleStrLen)

String comparison behavior changed in PowerShell 7.1

PowerShell 7.1 is built on .NET 5.0, which introduced the following breaking change:

As of .NET 5.0, culture invariant string comparisons ignore non-printing control characters.

For example, the following two strings are considered to be identical:

# Escape sequence "`a" is Ctrl-G or [char]7
'Food' -eq "Foo`ad"
True

New cmdlets

New Get-Uptime cmdlet

The Get-Uptime cmdlet returns the time elapsed since the last boot of the operating system. The cmdlet was introduced in PowerShell 6.0.

New Remove-Alias cmdlet

The Remove-Alias cmdlet removes an alias from the current PowerShell session. The cmdlet was introduced in PowerShell 6.0.

New cmdlet Remove-Service

The Remove-Service cmdlet removes a Windows service in the registry and in the service database. The Remove-Service cmdlet was introduced in PowerShell 6.0.

New Markdown cmdlets

Markdown is a standard for creating readable plaintext documents with basic formatting that can be rendered into HTML.

The following cmdlets were added in PowerShell 6.1:

  • ConvertFrom-Markdown - Convert the contents of a string or a file to a MarkdownInfo object.
  • Get-MarkdownOption - Returns the current colors and styles used for rendering Markdown content in the console.
  • Set-MarkdownOption - Sets the colors and styles used for rendering Markdown content in the console.
  • Show-Markdown - Displays Markdown content in the console or as HTML

New Test-Json cmdlet

The Test-Json cmdlet tests whether a string is a valid JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) document and can optionally verify that JSON document against a provided schema.

This cmdlet was introduced in PowerShell 6.1

New cmdlets to support Experimental Features

The following cmdlets were added in PowerShell 6.2 to support Experimental Features.

New Join-String cmdlet

The Join-String cmdlet combines objects from the pipeline into a single string. This cmdlet was added in PowerShell 6.2.

New view ConciseView and cmdlet Get-Error

PowerShell 7.0 enhances the display of error messages to improve the readability of interactive and script errors with a new default view, ConciseView. The views are user-selectable through the preference variable $ErrorView.

With ConciseView, if an error is not from a script or parser error, then it's a single line error message:

Get-Childitem -Path c:\NotReal
Get-ChildItem: Cannot find path 'C:\NotReal' because it does not exist

If the error occurs during script execution or is a parsing error, PowerShell returns a multiline error message that contains the error, a pointer, and an error message showing where the error is in that line. If the terminal doesn't support ANSI color escape sequences (VT100), then colors are not displayed.

The default view in PowerShell 7 is ConciseView. The previous default view was NormalView and you can select this by setting the preference variable $ErrorView.

$ErrorView = 'NormalView' # Sets the error view to NormalView
$ErrorView = 'ConciseView' # Sets the error view to ConciseView

Note

A new property ErrorAccentColor is added to $Host.PrivateData to support changing the accent color of the error message.

The new Get-Errorcmdlet provides a complete detailed view of the fully qualified error when desired. By default the cmdlet displays the full details, including inner exceptions, of the last error that occurred.

The Get-Error cmdlet supports input from the pipeline using the built-in variable $Error. Get-Error displays all piped errors.

$Error | Get-Error

The Get-Error cmdlet supports the Newest parameter, allowing you to specify how many errors from the current session you wish displayed.

Get-Error -Newest 3 # Displays the lst three errors that occurred in the session

For more information, see Get-Error.

Cmdlet changes

Parallel execution added to ForEach-Object

Beginning in PowerShell 7.0, the ForEach-Object cmdlet, which iterates items in a collection, now has built-in parallelism with the new Parallel parameter.

By default, parallel script blocks use the current working directory of the caller that started the parallel tasks.

This example retrieves 50,000 log entries from 5 system logs on a local Windows machine:

$logNames = 'Security','Application','System','Windows PowerShell','Microsoft-Windows-Store/Operational'

$logEntries = $logNames | ForEach-Object -Parallel {
    Get-WinEvent -LogName $_ -MaxEvents 10000
} -ThrottleLimit 5

$logEntries.Count

50000

The Parallel parameter specifies the script block that is run in parallel for each input log name.

The new ThrottleLimit parameter limits the number of script blocks running in parallel at a given time. The default is 5.

Use the $_ variable to represent the current input object in the script block. Use the $using: scope to pass variable references to the running script block.

For more information, see ForEach-Object.

Check system32 for compatible built-in modules on Windows

In the Windows 10 1809 update and Windows Server 2019, we updated a number of built-in PowerShell modules to mark them as compatible with PowerShell.

When PowerShell starts up, it automatically includes $windir\System32 as part of the PSModulePath environment variable. However, it only exposes modules to Get-Module and Import-Module if its CompatiblePSEdition is marked as compatible with Core.

You can override this behavior to show all modules using the -SkipEditionCheck switch parameter. We've also added a PSEdition property to the table output.

-lp alias for all -LiteralPath parameters

We created a standard parameter alias -lp for all the built-in PowerShell cmdlets that have a -LiteralPath parameter.

Fix Get-Item -LiteralPath a*b if a*b doesn't actually exist to return error

Previously, -LiteralPath given a wildcard would treat it the same as -Path and if the wildcard found no files, it would silently exit. Correct behavior should be that -LiteralPath is literal so if the file doesn't exist, it should error. Change is to treat wildcards used with -Literal as literal.

Set working directory to current directory in Start-Job

The Start-Job cmdlet now uses the current directory as the working directory for the new job.

Remove -Protocol from *-Computer cmdlets

Due to issues with RPC remoting in CoreFX (particularly on non-Windows platforms) and ensuring a consistent remoting experience in PowerShell, the -Protocol parameter was removed from the \*-Computer cmdlets. DCOM is no longer supported for remoting. The following cmdlets only support WSMAN remoting:

  • Rename-Computer
  • Restart-Computer
  • Stop-Computer

Remove -ComputerName from *-Service cmdlets

In order to encourage the consistent use of PSRP, the -ComputerName parameter was removed from *-Service cmdlets.

Fix Get-Content -Delimiter to not include the delimiter in the returned lines

Previously, the output while using Get-Content -Delimiter was inconsistent and inconvenient as it required further processing of the data to remove the delimiter. This change removes the delimiter in returned lines.

Changes to Format-Hex

The -Raw parameter is now a "no-op" (in that it does nothing). Going forward all output is displayed with a true representation of numbers that includes all of the bytes for its type. This is what the -Raw parameter was doing prior to this change.

Typo fix in Get-ComputerInfo property name

BiosSerialNumber was misspelled as BiosSeralNumber and has been changed to the correct spelling.

Add Get-StringHash and Get-FileHash cmdlets

This change is that some hash algorithms are not supported by CoreFX, therefore they are no longer available:

  • MACTripleDES
  • RIPEMD160

Add validation on Get-* cmdlets where passing $null returns all objects instead of error

Passing $null to any of the following now throws an error:

  • Get-Credential -UserName
  • Get-Event -SourceIdentifier
  • Get-EventSubscriber -SourceIdentifier
  • Get-Help -Name
  • Get-PSBreakpoint -Script
  • Get-PSProvider -PSProvider
  • Get-PSSessionConfiguration -Name
  • Get-Runspace -Name
  • Get-RunspaceDebug -RunspaceName
  • Get-Service -Name
  • Get-TraceSource -Name
  • Get-Variable -Name

Add support for the W3C Extended Log File Format in Import-Csv

Previously, the Import-Csv cmdlet cannot be used to directly import the log files in W3C extended log format and additional action would be required. With this change, W3C extended log format is supported.

Import-Csv applies PSTypeNames upon import when type information is present in the CSV

Previously, objects exported using Export-CSV with TypeInformation imported with ConvertFrom-Csv were not retaining the type information. This change adds the type information to PSTypeNames member if available from the CSV file.

-NoTypeInformation is the default on Export-Csv

Previously, the Export-CSV cmdlet would output a comment as the first line containing the type name of the object. The change excludes the type information by default because it's not understood by most CSV tools. This change was made to address customer feedback.

Use -IncludeTypeInformation to retain the previous behavior.

Allow * to be used in registry path for Remove-Item

Previously, -LiteralPath given a wildcard would treat it the same as -Path and if the wildcard found no files, it would silently exit. Correct behavior should be that -LiteralPath is literal so if the file doesn't exist, it should error. Change is to treat wildcards used with -Literal as literal.

Group-Object now sorts the groups

As part of the performance improvement, Group-Object now returns a sorted listing of the groups. Although you should not rely on the order, you could be broken by this change if you wanted the first group. We decided that this performance improvement was worth the change since the impact of being dependent on previous behavior is low.

Standard deviation in Measure-Object

The output from Measure-Object now includes a StandardDeviation property.

Get-Process | Measure-Object -Property CPU -AllStats
Count             : 308
Average           : 31.3720576298701
Sum               : 9662.59375
Maximum           : 4416.046875
Minimum           :
StandardDeviation : 264.389544720926
Property          : CPU

Get-PfxCertificate -Password

Get-PfxCertificate now has the Password parameter, which takes a SecureString. This allows you to use it non-interactively:

$certFile = '\\server\share\pwd-protected.pfx'
$certPass = Read-Host -AsSecureString -Prompt 'Enter the password for certificate: '

$certThumbPrint = (Get-PfxCertificate -FilePath $certFile -Password $certPass ).ThumbPrint

Removal of the more function

In the past, PowerShell shipped a function on Windows called more that wrapped more.com. That function has now been removed.

Also, the help function changed to use more.com on Windows, or the system's default pager specified by $env:PAGER on non-Windows platforms.

cd DriveName: now returns users to the current working directory in that drive

Previously, using Set-Location or cd to return to a PSDrive sent users to the default location for that drive. Users are now sent to the last known current working directory for that session.

cd - returns to previous directory

C:\Windows\System32> cd C:\
C:\> cd -
C:\Windows\System32>

Or on Linux:

PS /etc> cd /usr/bin
PS /usr/bin> cd -
PS /etc>

Also, cd and cd -- change to $HOME.

Update-Help as non-admin

By popular demand, Update-Help no longer needs to be run as an administrator. Update-Help now defaults to saving help to a user-scoped folder.

Where-Object -Not

With the addition of -Not parameter to Where-Object, can filter an object at the pipeline for the non-existence of a property, or a null/empty property value.

For example, this command returns all services that don't have any dependent services defined:

Get-Service | Where-Object -Not DependentServices

Changes to Web Cmdlets

The underlying .NET API of the Web Cmdlets has been changed to System.Net.Http.HttpClient. This change provides many benefits. However, this change along with a lack of interoperability with Internet Explorer have resulted in several breaking changes within Invoke-WebRequest and Invoke-RestMethod.

  • Invoke-WebRequest now supports basic HTML Parsing only. Invoke-WebRequest always returns a BasicHtmlWebResponseObject object. The ParsedHtml and Forms properties have been removed.
  • BasicHtmlWebResponseObject.Headers values are now String[] instead of String.
  • BasicHtmlWebResponseObject.BaseResponse is now a System.Net.Http.HttpResponseMessage object.
  • The Response property on Web Cmdlet exceptions is now a System.Net.Http.HttpResponseMessage object.
  • Strict RFC header parsing is now default for the -Headers and -UserAgent parameter. This can be bypassed with -SkipHeaderValidation.
  • file:// and ftp:// URI schemes are no longer supported.
  • System.Net.ServicePointManager settings are no longer honored.
  • There is currently no certificate based authentication available on macOS.
  • Use of -Credential over an http:// URI will result in an error. Use an https:// URI or supply the -AllowUnencryptedAuthentication parameter to suppress the error.
  • -MaximumRedirection now produces a terminating error when redirection attempts exceed the provided limit instead of returning the results of the last redirection.
  • In PowerShell 6.2, a change was made to default to UTF-8 encoding for JSON responses. When a charset is not supplied for a JSON response, the default encoding should be UTF-8 per RFC 8259.
  • Default encoding set to UTF-8 for application-json responses
  • Added -SkipHeaderValidation parameter to allow Content-Type headers that aren't standards-compliant
  • Added -Form parameter to support simplified multipart/form-data support
  • Compliant, case-insensitive handling of relation keys
  • Added -Resume parameter for web cmdlets

Invoke-RestMethod returns useful info when no data is returned

When an API returns just null, Invoke-RestMethod was serializing this as the string "null" instead of $null. This change fixes the logic in Invoke-RestMethod to properly serialize a valid single value JSON null literal as $null.

Web Cmdlets warn when -Credential is sent over unencrypted connections

When using HTTP, content including passwords are sent as clear-text. This change is to not allow this by default and return an error if credentials are being passed insecurely. Users can bypass this by using the -AllowUnencryptedAuthentication switch.

Make -OutFile parameter in web cmdlets to work like -LiteralPath

Beginning in PowerShell 7.1, the OutFile parameter of the web cmdlets works like LiteralPath and does not process wildcards.

API changes

Remove AddTypeCommandBase class

The AddTypeCommandBase class was removed from Add-Type to improve performance. This class is only used by the Add-Type cmdlet and should not impact users.

Removed VisualBasic as a supported language in Add-Type

In the past, you could compile Visual Basic code using the Add-Type cmdlet. Visual Basic was rarely used with Add-Type. We removed this feature to reduce the size of PowerShell.

Removed RunspaceConfiguration support

Previously, when creating a PowerShell runspace programmatically using the API, you could use the legacy RunspaceConfiguration or the newer InitialSessionState classes. This change removed support for RunspaceConfiguration and only supports InitialSessionState.

CommandInvocationIntrinsics.InvokeScript bind arguments to $input instead of $args

An incorrect position of a parameter resulted in the args passed as input instead of as args.

Remove ClrVersion and BuildVersion properties from $PSVersionTable

The ClrVersion property of $PSVersionTable is not useful with CoreCLR. End users should not be using that value to determine compatibility.

The BuildVersion property was tied to the Windows build version, which is not available on non-Windows platforms. Use the GitCommitId property to retrieve the exact build version of PowerShell.

Implement Unicode escape parsing

`u#### or `u{####} is converted to the corresponding Unicode character. To output a literal `u, escape the backtick: ``u.

Parameter binding problem with ValueFromRemainingArguments in PS functions

ValueFromRemainingArguments now returns the values as an array instead of a single value which itself is an array.

Cleaned up uses of CommandTypes.Workflow and WorkflowInfoCleaned

Clean up code related to the uses of CommandTypes.Workflow and WorkflowInfo in System.Management.Automation.

These minor breaking changes mainly affect help provider code.

  • Change the public constructors of WorkflowInfo to internal. We don't support workflow anymore, so it makes sense to not allow people to create Workflow instances.
  • Remove the type System.Management.Automation.DebugSource since it's only used for workflow debugging.
  • Remove the overload of SetParent from the abstract class Debugger that is only used for workflow debugging.
  • Remove the same overload of SetParent from the derived class RemotingJobDebugger.

Do not wrap return result in PSObject when converting a ScriptBlock to a delegate

When a ScriptBlock is converted to a delegate type to be used in C# context, wrapping the result in a PSObject brings unneeded troubles:

  • When the value is converted to the delegate return type, the PSObject essentially gets unwrapped. So the PSObject is unneeded.
  • When the delegate return type is object, it gets wrapped in a PSObject making it hard to work with in C# code.

After this change, the returned object is the underlying object.

Remoting Support

PowerShell Remoting (PSRP) using WinRM on Unix platforms requires NTLM/Negotiate or Basic Auth over HTTPS. PSRP on macOS only supports Basic Auth over HTTPS. Kerberos-based authentication is not supported for non-Windows platforms.

PowerShell also supports PowerShell Remoting (PSRP) over SSH on all platforms (Windows, macOS, and Linux). For more information, see SSH remoting in PowerShell.

PowerShell Direct for Containers tries to use pwsh first

[PowerShell Direct][psdirect] is a feature of PowerShell and Hyper-V that allows you to connect to a Hyper-V VM or Container without network connectivity or other remote management services.

In the past, PowerShell Direct connected using the built-in Windows PowerShell instance on the Container. Now, PowerShell Direct first attempts to connect using any available pwsh.exe on the PATH environment variable. If pwsh.exe isn't available, PowerShell Direct falls back to use powershell.exe.

Enable-PSRemoting now creates separate remoting endpoints for preview versions

Enable-PSRemoting now creates two remoting session configurations:

  • One for the major version of PowerShell. For example, PowerShell.6. This endpoint that can be relied upon across minor version updates as the "system-wide" PowerShell 6 session configuration
  • One version-specific session configuration, for example: PowerShell.6.1.0

This behavior is useful if you want to have multiple PowerShell 6 versions installed and accessible on the same machine.

Additionally, preview versions of PowerShell now get their own remoting session configurations after running the Enable-PSRemoting cmdlet:

C:\WINDOWS\system32> Enable-PSRemoting

Your output may be different if you haven't set up WinRM before.

WinRM is already set up to receive requests on this computer.
WinRM is already set up for remote management on this computer.

Then you can see separate PowerShell session configurations for the preview and stable builds of PowerShell 6, and for each specific version.

Get-PSSessionConfiguration
Name          : PowerShell.6.2-preview.1
PSVersion     : 6.2
StartupScript :
RunAsUser     :
Permission    : NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Administrators AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Remote Management Users AccessAllowed

Name          : PowerShell.6-preview
PSVersion     : 6.2
StartupScript :
RunAsUser     :
Permission    : NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Administrators AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Remote Management Users AccessAllowed

Name          : powershell.6
PSVersion     : 6.1
StartupScript :
RunAsUser     :
Permission    : NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Administrators AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Remote Management Users AccessAllowed

Name          : powershell.6.1.0
PSVersion     : 6.1
StartupScript :
RunAsUser     :
Permission    : NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Administrators AccessAllowed, BUILTIN\Remote Management Users AccessAllowed

user@host:port syntax supported for SSH

SSH clients typically support a connection string in the format user@host:port. With the addition of SSH as a protocol for PowerShell Remoting, we've added support for this format of connection string:

Enter-PSSession -HostName fooUser@ssh.contoso.com:2222

Telemetry can only be disabled with an environment variable

PowerShell sends basic telemetry data to Microsoft when it is launched. The data includes the OS name, OS version, and PowerShell version. This data allows us to better understand the environments where PowerShell is used and enables us to prioritize new features and fixes.

To opt-out of this telemetry, set the environment variable POWERSHELL_TELEMETRY_OPTOUT to true, yes, or 1. We no longer support deletion of the file DELETE_ME_TO_DISABLE_CONSOLEHOST_TELEMETRY to disable telemetry.