You can now download and install the latest preview version of Windows PowerShell, which is PowerShell 7.3 Preview 6, from the direct download links shared below. This update brings new improvements and fixes to the command-line tool that can be used to run scripts, automate and perform administrative tasks.
Since it is a preview version, it is only meant for testing, so that the public is ready for any changes that may impact their work before the final version is released. That being said, we strongly recommend you do not install it in any live/production environment.
If you already have a stable version of Windows PowerShell running on your machine, installing the preview version will not affect it, and both could run simultaneously. However, if another preview version of PowerShell is installed, it will automatically be overwritten with the newer version.
You can download and install PowerShell 7.3 Preview 6 using the given guide below. Before that, let us discuss the new improvements.
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Changes and Improvements
We have highlighted significant improvements in this preview release:
- [General Cmdlet Updates]
Export-PSSessionhas been fixed to not throw an error when a rooted path is specified for
ConvertFrom-Json -AsHashtablehas been changed to use the ordered hashtable.
- The potential ANSI escape sequences have been removed in strings before using in
-Millisecondsparameter has been added to
Set-AuthenticodeSignaturehas been updated to use
SHA256as the default.
- Tab completion regression has been fixed when completing
- The optional parameters will now be shown as such when displaying method definition and overloads.
With these improvements, Microsoft currently has not disclosed any known issues. To learn more about these fixes and improvements, read the Release Notes.
Download PowerShell 7.3 Preview 6
You can download PowerShell 7.3 Preview 6 from the direct download links below.
For Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and 7
For more download options, please check out this download page.
How to Install PowerShell 7.3 Preview 6
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.
Leave the default settings on the next page and click Next.
On the next screen, click Install to begin the installation.
Once installed, click Finish.
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.
As we previously highlighted, this is a preview release of the command-line tool, which is why we suggest that you do not install it in a live environment. It is primarily targeted at the developers who need to test their applications beforehand so that when the stable version is released, their products are compatible with one another.