Windows Management Framework

Windows Management Framework (WMF) provides a consistent management interface for Windows. WMF provides a seamless way to manage various versions of Windows client and Windows Server. WMF installer packages contain updates to management functionality and are available for older versions of Windows.

WMF installation adds and/or updates the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Script Environment (ISE)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Software Inventory Logging (SIL)
  • Server Manager CIM Provider

WMF Release Notes

To learn about various enhancements in PowerShell and other components of a given WMF, please refer to the links below to review the release notes:

WMF Availability Across Windows Operating Systems

Operating System Version WMF 5.1 WMF 5.0 WMF 4.0 WMF 3.0 WMF 2.0
Windows Server 2016 Ships in-box
Windows 10 Ships in-box Ships in-box
Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 8.1 Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows Server 2012 Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 8 Ships in-box
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows 7 SP1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Ships in-box
Windows Server 2008 SP2 Yes Yes
Windows Vista Yes
Windows Server 2003 Yes
Windows XP Yes

Ships in-box: The features of the specified version of WMF were shipped in the indicated version of Windows client or Windows Server.