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Unable to download NuGet package provider

Filed under: PowerShell,Windows Server — Thomas Stensitzki at 4:38 pm on Thursday, June 11, 2020  Tagged

When you try to install a module from PowerShell Gallery using the Install-Module cmdlet it might fail.

Installing a PowerShell module requires the NuGet package provider installed first. Installing the package provide might fail as well with the following error:

WARNING: Unable to download from URI ‘’ to ”. WARNING: Unable to download the list of available providers. Check your internet connection. PackageManagement\Install-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria for the provider ‘NuGet’. The package provider requires ‘PackageManagement’ and ‘Provider’ tags. Please check if the specified package has the tags. At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PSModule.psm1:7405 char:21 + … $null = PackageManagement\Install-PackageProvider -Name $script:N … + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (Microsoft.Power…PackageProvider:InstallPackageProvider) [Install-Pac kageProvider], Exception + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForProvider,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackagePro vider PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider : No match was found for the specified search criteria and provider name ‘NuGet’. Try ‘Get-PackageProvider -ListAvailable’ to see if the provider exists on the system. At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PSModule.psm1:7411 char:21 + … $null = PackageManagement\Import-PackageProvider -Name $script:Nu … + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (NuGet:String) [Import-PackageProvider], Exception + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.ImportPackageProv ider



The installation fails because the server’s .NET Framework is not configured for the use of TLS 1.2.



Enable TLS 1.2 for your current PowerShell session using the follow command:

[Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12



Add two registry keys to enable the use of TLS 1.2 for 32- and 64-bit .Net Framework libraries.

  • 32-bit
    • Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319’ -Name ‘SchUseStrongCrypto’ -Value ‘1’ -Type DWord
  • 64-bit
    • Set-ItemProperty -Path ‘HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319’ -Name ‘SchUseStrongCrypto’ -Value ‘1’ -Type DWord


Enjoy PowerShell!



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