Fix “Install-Module: The term ‘Install-Module’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program” Error

Problem: I was trying to install the SharePoint Online PnP PowerShell module with “Install-Module -Name SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline” and got this error message:

Install-Module : The term ‘Install-Module’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

Install-Module : The term 'Install-Module' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

Root cause:

The Install-Module cmdlet is used to get and install the new module from PowerShell Gallery. And this cmdlet is part of PowerShell 5 or later. You can check the installed version of the PowerShell with:

$PSVersionTable

The PSVersion value in the output denotes the current PowerShell version. In earlier operating systems like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2012, etc., we’ve PowerShell 4 installed by default unless it’s updated.

Solution for install-module is not recognized Error:

It turns out I was running in Windows Server 2012 with PowerShell version 4.0, which doesn’t support the “Install-Module” cmdlet. So, to resolve this error, we have to update the PowerShell through Windows Management Framework 5.1

fix The term ‘Install-Module’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet

Select the relevant package for your operating system, download, and install. The installation prompted me to reboot. After the restart, it worked and the error “Install-Module: The term ‘Install-Module’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet” is no more!

Alternate solution: Download and install MSI setup file, if available (less recommended!)

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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