PowerShell version 5 is installed by default on Windows 10 systems. However, if you had a previous version, say version 1.0 installed, the new version 5.0 gets installed beside it. Having both PowerShell version installed can be a problem. The key is know where each version installed and how to verify which version you are actually running. Now that PowerShell is available “Everywhere” it may become more of a candidate for managing all systems across Windows, Linux and Mac.
To determine the PowerShell version you must open PowerShell and run the following command
If you are running Version 5.0 of PowerShell you should see something along the lines of the screen below, anything else is probably not Version 5.0.
Where is Version 5.0
Version 5.0 is now located in this directory
Since most of the stuff you do with PowerShell is admin work you may want to set the shortcut to run in admin mode automatically.
This is what the non-admin version of PowerShell looks like
So go to wherever your shortcut is located and right-click and get to the “Properties”.
Click on Advanced button to get to the super-admin stuff.
The check the Run as administrator, with great power comes great responsibility.
Now when you click on the PowerShell you will be prompted with a Windows pop-up asking you to confirm your new power. After you accept the responsibility PowerShell will look like.
You may want to consider giving the PowerShell ISE some of that Spidy Admin love as well. I do most of my work in the ISE so it makes sense to give it the “power” too.