Windows Management Framework

Windows Management Framework (WMF) provides a consistent management interface for Windows. WMF provides a seamless way to manage various versions of Windows client and Windows Server. WMF installer packages contain updates to management functionality and are available for older versions of Windows.

WMF installation adds and/or updates the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Script Environment (ISE)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Software Inventory Logging (SIL)
  • Server Manager CIM Provider

WMF Release Notes

To learn about various enhancements in PowerShell and other components of a given WMF, please refer to the links below to review the release notes:

WMF availability across Windows operating systems

OS Version End of Support WMF 5.1 WMF 5.0 WMF 4.0 WMF 3.0 WMF 2.0
Windows Server 2022 2031-10-14 Included
Windows Server 2019 2029-01-09 Included
Windows Server 2016 2027-01-11 Included
Windows 11 2025-10-14 Included
Windows 10 2025-10-14 Included in 1607+ Included
(replaced in 1607)
Windows Server 2012 R2 2023-10-10 Yes Yes Included
Windows 8.1 Out of support Yes Yes Included
Windows Server 2012 2023-10-10 Yes Yes Yes Included
Windows 8 Out of support Included
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Out of support Yes Yes Yes Yes Included
Windows 7 SP1 Out of support Yes Yes Yes Yes Included
Windows Server 2008 SP2 Out of support Yes Yes
Windows Vista Out of support Yes
Windows Server 2003 Out of support Yes
Windows XP Out of support Yes Yes
  • Included: The features of the specified version of WMF were shipped in the indicated version of Windows client or Windows Server.
  • Out of support: These products are no longer supported by Microsoft. You must upgrade to a supported version. For more information, see the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy page.

Note

The version of WMF that shipped in an operating system is supported for the lifetime of support for that version of the operating system. The standalone installers for WMF 5.0 and older are no longer available or supported.