Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training

Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training
Advanced Windows PowerShell Scripting Video Training

Monday, January 22, 2018

How to tell PowerShell which version of .NET to Use

Here is one from this week’s PowerShell class. We just finished a lesson on methods and I passed on “The first rule of Computer Science” to my class that one of my professions, Dan Matthews, passed on to me.  It simply states “Never re-invent the wheel”.  With that, we started to talk about the value of methods.  The question popped us as to which version of .Net is PowerShell using and how to select a different version?  Well, here is how to determine the current installed versions of .Net:

 PS C:\> Get-Childitem "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP"

    Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP

Name                           Property                                                                                                                            
----                           --------                                                                                                                            
v2.0.50727                     CBS       : 1                                                                                                                       
                               Increment : 4927                                                                                                                     
                               Install   : 1                                                                                                                        
                               OCM       : 1                                                                                                                       
                               SP        : 2                                                                                                                        
                               Version   : 2.0.50727.4927                                                                                                           
v3.0                           CBS       : 1                                                                                                                       
                               Increment : 4926                                                                                                                     
                               Install   : 1                                                                                                                       
                               SP        : 2                                                                                                                       
                               Version   : 3.0.30729.4926                                                                                                           
v3.5                           CBS         : 1                                                                                                                     
                               Install     : 1                                                                                                                     
                               InstallPath : C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v3.5\                                                                             
                               SP          : 1                                                                                                                     
                               Version     : 3.5.30729.4926                                                                                                        
v4.0                           (default) : deprecated                                                                                                              

As for how to select a different version, I am going to default over to an article on Kris Powell’s blog.  You can view it here

Remember the 1st rule of computer science.  He answered it, let’s not repeat his work and give him the proper credit.

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