Install-Module command was found in the module PowerShellGet

PowerShell’s Install-Module cmdlet downloads one or more modules from a repository and installs them on the local computer. But, when you run Install-Module, you may get the following error:

Install-Module : The ‘Install-Module’ command was found in the module ‘PowerShellGet’, but the module could not be loaded. For more information, run ‘Import-Module PowerShellGet’.
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-Module
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Install-Module:String) [], CommandNo

install-module command not found

The Install-Module cmdlet is available only on PowerShell 5.1 & higher, and the Windows 7 & 8 systems needed a PowerShell version upgrade to use this cmdlet. However, on Windows 7, 8 systems with older versions of PowerShell, running the command shows the following error which is slightly different than the above:

‘Install-Module’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

However, the above error may also occur in a Windows 10 computer which already includes PowerShell 5.1. Running the $PSVersiontable command showed the PowerShell version on my Windows 10 v1903 system as 5.1.18362.145.

PSVersion 5.1.18362.145
PSEdition Desktop
PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0...}
BuildVersion 10.0.18362.145
CLRVersion 4.0.30319.42000
WSManStackVersion 3.0
PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.3

Then, why doesn’t the Install-Module cmdlet work?

Install-Module command was found in the module PowerShellGet

The error Install-Module command was found occurs if the script execution policy is set to Restricted. To use the cmdlet, set the execution policy to Unrestricted, using the following command.

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Scope Process

The above command sets the execution policy to Unrestricted for the current PowerShell session.

If you want to set it permanently for the current user, then use this command:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Scope CurrentUser

To set it permanently for the local machine, use this command from elevated or admin PowerShell:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Scope LocalMachine

install-module command not found

For more information, see Microsoft documentation on Set-ExecutionPolicy.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

1 thought on “Install-Module command was found in the module PowerShellGet”

  1. I’ve set my execution policy to Unrestricted, but I’m still getting the same error. Any other ideas?

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-ExecutionPolicy

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Find-Module -Name MicrosoftPowerBIMgmt
    Find-Module : The ‘Find-Module’ command was found in the module ‘PowerShellGet’, but the module could not be loaded. For more
    information, run ‘Import-Module PowerShellGet’.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Find-Module -Name MicrosoftPowerBIMgmt
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (Find-Module:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotAutoloadMatchingModule


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