Install-Module : Administrator rights are required to install modules in ‘C:\Program files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules’.

Problem: When trying to install a PowerShell module, got an error message “Install-Module: Administrator rights are required to install modules in ‘C:\Program Files\WindowsPowershell\Modules’ Log on to the computer with an account that has Administrator rights, and then try again, or install ” by adding “-Scope Current User” to your command. You can also try running the Windows PowerShell session with elevated rights (Run as Administrator).”


Apparently, the PowerShell modules must be installed with the Install-Module cmdlet by running the PowerShell console as Administrator. To resolve the problem, we have two choices:

  1. Run the PowerShell console by right-clicking on the PowerShell console and choosing “Run as Administrator” and then use Install-Module cmdlet.
  2. If you don’t have administrator rights, add the “-Scope CurrentUser” switch to the Install-module cmdlet. E.g. “Install-Module AzureADPreview -Scope CurrentUser”
install-module administrator rights are required to install module in c-programfiles-windowspowershell-modules

When you use Install-Module with -Scope CurrentUser, it installs the module in the “%USERPROFILE%\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules” folder. You may have to add this path to the “PSModulePath” environment variable to use the cmdlets anywhere.

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