A newer version of the powerful Windows command-line tool has been released by Microsoft. This is the Windows PowerShell version 7.2.5. PowerShell can be used by professionals to run scripts, automate, or perform administrative tasks.
This is the final, stable version of the tool, which means that it is safe for you to install it in your production environment as well. Moreover, The .NET SDK has been updated to version 6.0.301.
This post lists multiple ways you can upgrade to PowerShell 7.2.5 and reap its benefits since it includes several new improvements and fixes. You can also download it from the direct download links provided below and use it to install PowerShell 7.2.5 on devices with no internet connectivity.
Table of contents
Before we begin, let us briefly discuss the new features and changes in this release.
Changes and Improvements
We have highlighted significant improvements in this preview release:
- The native library loading for osx-arm64 has been fixed.
- The Assembly Load Native test will now work on an FX Dependent Linux Installation.
- You can now run more tests in a container.
- You can switch to using GitHub action to verify markdown links for PRs.
- Some tests that fail intermittently have been stabilized.
- The back-port for the TLS test has been fixed.
.NET SDK 6.0.301
- The Wix file has been updated.
- Conditionally add output argument.
- The mariner package has been renamed to “cm.”
- The dotnet-runtime version has been updated.
- Updates have been applied to use
windows-latestas the build agent image.
- The preview versions of mariner have been published to the preview repo.
cgmanifestgeneration has been moved to daily.
- The mariner mappings have been fixed.
- A finalized template has been added that causes jobs with issues to fail.
- The mariner packages have been made Framework dependent.
- Some base work has been done for adding the mariner amd64 package.
To learn more about these fixes and improvements, read the Release Notes.
Download PowerShell 7.2.5
You can download PowerShell 7.2.5 from the direct download links below.
For Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and 7
PowerShell-7.2.5 for Windows 64-bit.msi [102 MB]
PowerShell-7.2.5 for Windows 32-bit.msi [93.2 MB]
PowerShell-7.2.5 for MacOS 64-bit.pkg [63.7 MB]
PowerShell-7.2.5 for MacOS ARM64.pkg [60.1 MB]
PowerShell-7.2.5 for RedHat Linux.rpm [65.6 MB]
PowerShell-7.2.5 for Debian.deb [66.2 MB]
For more download options, please check out this download page.
How to Install PowerShell 7.2.5
Here is how you can install Windows PowerShell 7.2.5 on Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and Windows 7 using the offline MSI files provided above:
Download and execute the respective MSI file from the links above.
The installation wizard will now run. Click Next on the first screen.
Now select the destination folder for the installation and click Next.
Select the optional features you want to install, such as adding PowerShell to environment variables, enabling PowerShell remoting, adding PowerShell to the context menu, etc. Click Next when selected.
On the next screen, click Install to begin the installation.
Now confirm that PowerShell has been installed successfully. Type in pwsh in the Run Command box and you shall see the installed version at the top.
Learn more about PowerShell and PowerShell Core. You can also download and install PowerShell over the network.
Windows PowerShell is an excellent tool to use to perform complicated tasks efficiently and with more control over the parameters. However, it is mostly used by network and system administrators since a regular Windows user has no need for it.
That said, some tasks that include a lot of navigation within the Windows operating system can be performed using a single cmdlet in PowerShell, saving time and the hassle.
Windows PowerShell 7.2.5 does not introduce any new features to the tool but makes subtle improvements. How have the issues which have been improved affected your work in the past? Let us know in the comments section below.