Sometimes installing or updating PowerShell modules will result in duplications where more than one version of the same module is installed.

This is typically not a problem but for things like Desired State Configuration (DSC) this can be an issue as DSC requires that you either specify a specific version or only have one version installed.

Solution

To remedy this problem here’s a set of scripts:

Get-DuplicateModule.ps1

Get-InstalledModule | ForEach-Object {
    $latestVersion = $PSItem.Version

    Write-Host "$($PSItem.Name) - $($PSItem.Version)" -ForegroundColor Green

    Get-InstalledModule $PSItem.Name -AllVersions |
    Where-Object Version -NE $latestVersion |
    ForEach-Object {
        Write-Host "- $($PSItem.Name) - $($PSItem.Version)" -ForegroundColor Magenta
    }
}

Download: Get-DuplicateModule.ps1

Get-DuplicateModule.ps1 sample output Get-DuplicateModule.ps1 sample output

Uninstall-DuplicateModule.ps1

Get-InstalledModule | ForEach-Object {
    $latestVersion = $PSItem.Version

    Write-Host "$($PSItem.Name) - $($PSItem.Version)" -ForegroundColor Green

    Get-InstalledModule $PSItem.Name -AllVersions |
    Where-Object Version -NE $latestVersion |
    ForEach-Object {
        Write-Host "- Uninstalling version $($PSItem.Version)..." -ForegroundColor Magenta -NoNewline
        $PSItem | Uninstall-Module -Force
        Write-Host "done"
    }
}

Download: Uninstall-DuplicateModule.ps1

Uninstall-DuplicateModule.ps1 sample output Uninstall-DuplicateModule.ps1 sample output

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