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Download – Windows Management Framework Release Candidate

The Microsoft Windows Management Framework Release Candidate (RC) build for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 includes the following components:

WinRM 2.0

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of WS-Management Protocol, a standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)-based, firewall-friendly protocol that allows hardware and operating systems from different vendors to interoperate. The WS-Management protocol specification provides a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across an IT infrastructure.

PowerShell 2.0

Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell enables IT professionals and developers to control and automate the administration of Windows and applications.

BITS 4.0

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a service that transfers files between a client and a server. BITS provides a simple way to reliably and politely transfer files over HTTP or HTTPS. Both downloads and uploads are supported. Unlike other protocols that transfer files in the foreground, BITS transfers files in the background (by default). Background transfers use only idle network bandwidth in an effort to preserve the user’s interactive experience with other network applications, such as Internet Explorer. Foregound (or normal) transfers are also supported

This RC release is available in English, German and Japanese. The final release will be available in a broader set of languages.

Please note that this build is an RC release and should not be deployed on self-host systems as there may be issues with installation/uninstallation and general usability.


Microsoft Windows Management Framework is designed for systems that wish to use the new Windows Management features on downlevel platforms. The system must have the following software installed: Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 RTM, Windows XP SP3, or Windows Server 2003 SP2

Installation Instructions

The following are the installation instructions for the Windows Management Framework RC release. These steps may change for the final release.
Step 1: Please select the file that matches the architecture on your computer, the version of Windows on your computer, and the components you wish to install:

  • Architecture: x86 or x64
  • Windows Version: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003
  • Components: Core (WinRM 2.0 and PowerShell 2.0) or BITS 4.0

Step 2: Copy the appropriate file from the website to your local desktop.
Step 3: Double click the file and launch the installer.
The installation will prompt for a reboot.

Download the framework here ! ! !