In the previous tips, we explained how you can download and install Chocolatey, a free Windows package manager that can install software for you.

Today, we’ll look at how Chocolatey can be used to download and install PowerShell Core 6 so you can test and play with it. This installation will not change your current Windows PowerShell version, so you can safely install it side-by-side.

To install the PowerShell Core package, you do need Administrator privileges. Open a PowerShell window with full Administrator access. Do not use Chocolatey with the PowerShell ISE because the PowerShell ISE cannot display interactive console messages and prompts.

If you installed Chocolatey as a portable app, add its path to the Windows “Path” environment variable. Then run the install command:

 
PS> $env:path += ";C:\ProgramData\chocoportable"

PS> choco install powershell-core -y
 

You’ll now see a bunch of messages while Choco determines the dependencies, downloads and installs the prerequisites, and finally installs PowerShell Core 6.

After the installation is complete, PowerShell Core 6 can be found in C:\Program Files\PowerShell\[Version]\pwsh.exe.

To find out whether any of the packages you installed via Chocolatey is outdated, run this command:

PS> choco outdated

And to update an installed package, use this:

PS C:\> choco upgrade powershell-core
Chocolatey v0.10.8
Upgrading the following packages:
powershell-core
By upgrading you accept licenses for the packages.
powershell-core v6.0.2 is the latest version available based on your source(s).

Chocolatey upgraded 0/1 packages.
See the log for details (C:\ProgramData\chocoportable\logs\chocolatey.log).
PS C:\>

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