PowerShell Location

Migel Hewage Nimesha Jan 30, 2023
  1. Use Host.version to Find the Location of the PowerShell.exe in Windows Server 2008
  2. Get-Process to Find the Location of the PowerShell.exe in Windows Server 2008
PowerShell Location

PowerShell is a Command-line interface for Scripting purposes, automation requirements, and CI/CD systems management installed by default in every Windows PC, starting with Windows 7.

It is used to bridge this gap between Windows users and users of Linux-like systems.

This article is mainly about finding the PowerShell.exe file location in different ways.

The focus group of users of the provided solution would be Windows Server 2008 users. Yet, it applies to users from Windows 7 Version upwards.

Use Host.version to Find the Location of the PowerShell.exe in Windows Server 2008

When you use a version of Windows PowerShell newer to Version 1.0, you will have difficulty finding the correct pathway to Windows PowerShell. In my case, I have PowerShell version 5 installed on my Windows 10 PC.

Yet when the command to open the directory in Windows PowerShell dir is run, the shown version is v1.0.

PS C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell> dir


Directory: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell
Mode                 LastWriteTime         Length Name
----                 -------------         ------ ----
d-----          4/9/2021   7:23 PM                v1.0

Here what happens is confusion caused due to directory naming by Microsoft.

It shows Length Name as v1.0, but this is not my PC’s actual version name of the PowerShell application. Therefore, We will use the $Host.version command to find the correct version of PowerShell.

PS C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell> $Host.version

The output of this code shows the correct major and minor versions of PowerShell.

PS C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell> $Host.version
Major  Minor  Build  Revision
---- - ---- - ---- - --------
5      1      19041  1320

As you can see, the version is Windows PowerShell 5.1, not Version v1.0.

This confusion is caused because developers were updating the version. However, the file folder name remains the same as v1.0. Inside the v1.0 folder directory, you can see the .exe file of Windows PowerShell 5.1.

If you find the correct location, you have to go inside the v1.0 folder and get the .exe file. To find the right version information, you need to execute PowerShell’s $Host.version command.

Get-Process to Find the Location of the PowerShell.exe in Windows Server 2008

A convenient way of finding the location pathway of the PowerShell.exe file in Windows PC is through the Get-Process command.

You do not need to direct to the PowerShell folder to run the commands. Below is the command that would directly show the path of the PowerShell.exe file.

PS C:\Users\Agni> (Get-Process powershell | select -First 1).Path


PS C:\Users\Agni> (Get-Process powershell | select -First 1).Path

Hence, this method can be identified as the hassle-free way to determine the correct pathway to the required .exe file. Yet, you cannot identify the version of your PowerShell as we did in the previous method.

Migel Hewage Nimesha avatar Migel Hewage Nimesha avatar

Nimesha is a Full-stack Software Engineer for more than five years, he loves technology, as technology has the power to solve our many problems within just a minute. He have been contributing to various projects over the last 5+ years and working with almost all the so-called 03 tiers(DB, M-Tier, and Client). Recently, he has started working with DevOps technologies such as Azure administration, Kubernetes, Terraform automation, and Bash scripting as well.