Thursday, July 3, 2014

How to open the Powershell ISE in Windows 8.1

More or less one week ago I have started using the latest Windows 8.1 version on two test laptops . As you can imagine my first reflex was to fire Powershell, which is pretty easy: I brought up the Start Screen and saw that Powershell was well there while the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) was missing from the Application menu:

Where is the Powershell ISE gone?
I was kind of surprised but I knew for sure that Windows Powershell 4.0 as well as the ISE are installed by default on the desktop version of the OS:

PS C:\Users\Carlo> $PSVersionTable

Name                           Value
----                           -----
PSVersion                      4.0
WSManStackVersion              3.0
CLRVersion                     4.0.30319.34014
BuildVersion                   6.3.9600.17090
PSCompatibleVersions           {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion      2.2

I quickly understood that only PowerShell is visible under Apps. The ISE is somewhat hidden inside the Admnistrative Tools. There are three solutions to solve this.

The first one is to launch a classic Powershell than rely on the ISE alias to open the ISE:

PS C:\Users\Carlo> Get-Command ise

CommandType     Name
-----------     ----
Alias           ise -> powershell_ise.exe

The second solution is to bring up the Search screen and type powershell_ise then press Enter:

The third solution is to open the Windows settings (by moving you mouse pointer in the top right corner of your screen), and then select Tiles under the Settings section. To unhide the Administrative Tools, move the slider to the Yes position:

Hope this helps.


  1. Thanks for the help! For the life of me I couldn't figure out how to run ISE

  2. Thanks.. your blog helped me to open the Powershell ISE in Windows 8.1


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