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I am trying to work with Windows Azure PowerShell module on Windows 8.1. I have downloaded and installed the Azure module and in start I can run and use the "Windows Azure PowerShell" which is a PS that just loads Azure. When I open just a plain PS window and do Import-Module Azure it fails with:

import-module : The specified module 'Azure' was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory.

I suspect that it have something to do with powershell versions or 64\32 bit versions.

Anyone has any experience with this?

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The Windows Azure SDK binaries and pertaining PowerShell cmdlets are all 32-bit, which is why the "Windows Azure Powershell" shortcut always launches a 32-bit shell.

You can import the Azure module to an existing PowerShell session by referencing the filesystem path to the module manifest:

Import-Module "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Azure\PowerShell\Azure\Azure.psd1"

To access the module by name alone, you'll need to include its location in the PSModulePath environment variable (here in excruciating detail, for developers):

$oldPSModulePath = [Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("PSModulePath")

$azureModulePath = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Azure\PowerShell\"

$newPSModulePath = $oldPSModulePath,$azureModulePath -join ";" 

And a shorthand expression for your powershell

$env:PSModulePath += ";C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows Azure\PowerShell\"
Import-Module Azure # <-- Now you can do this!

You could include the above in your PowerShell profile

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Thanks, that works also for 64 bit PS. Is there a way to make the shortcut work in 64 bit PS as well? –  itaysk Jan 19 '14 at 10:12

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