I was recently installing SQL Server Management Studio Express 2008 R2 and the installation failed temporarily because Windows PowerShell wasn’t installed. There wasn’t a link, so I thought a quick search would get me the file on Microsoft’s website. I was wrong. I found plenty of documentation and getting started guides for Windows PowerShell, but no installation downloads.
It was frustrating, but I finally found the PowerShell installation file. I thought I’d share the link here to help everyone find this file a little faster. (And so I can find it easily in the future.)
If the links below don’t work, you should have enough detail here to refine and shorten your search.
Windows PowerShell 1.0 English Language Installation Packages for Windows Server 2003 and for Windows XP
Microsoft KB Article / Location of PowerShell Downloads: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926139
After some additional searching, I found the homepage for Windows PowerShell. You should be able to find everything you need there.
You can also get Windows PowerShell 2.0 included with Windows Management Framework here: