Import-Module does nothing

On my Windows 8.1 machine, I tried to use the get-adcomputer command but got the cmdlet unknown error. I then tried to “Import-Module ActiveDirectory” but also got nowhere. How do I correct this and how do I allow auto loading of modules when they are called? (I thought that was the default setting after version 3.0)

Below are some pertinent details:


Name Value

PSVersion 4.0
WSManStackVersion 3.0
CLRVersion 4.0.30319.34014
BuildVersion 6.3.9600.16394
PSCompatibleVersions {1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0}
PSRemotingProtocolVersion 2.2

PS C:\Users\rambo_000> import-module ActiveDirectory
import-module : The specified module ‘ActiveDirectory’ was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any
module directory.
At line:1 char:1

  • import-module ActiveDirectory
  •   + CategoryInfo          : ResourceUnavailable: (ActiveDirectory:String) [Import-Module], FileNotFoundException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Modules_ModuleNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ImportModuleCommand

PS C:\Users\rambo_000> $PSModuleAutoLoadingPreference
PS C:\Users\rambo_000>

(end of shell capture…the last command $PSModuleAutoLoadingPreference does not come back with anything)

The ActiveDirectory module is not part of the base PowerShell installation; it’s part of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) package, which you can download from .

Or make sure you’re on the domain controller logged in as an Administrator and the PowerShell console is also elevated as Administrator.

I was in as local administrator. Unfortunately, the edition of Windows 8.1 is not Pro or Enterprise so RSAT will not work :frowning:

p.s. I was simply trying out the effects of get-adcomputer on my local machine to see what the results would be for osversion. When I run [environment]::OSVersion.Version from the powershell window and from the ISE, I get different results. The ISE seems to report it incorrectly and wanted to see what get-adcomputer will yield. I’ll have to wait until work upgrades our machines to 8.1.

Thanks for your help.