Unable to Install NuGet Provider

Unable to Install NuGet Provider

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While writing my last post, I uncovered a problem on one of my lab machines:

WARNING: Unable to download from URI ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’ to .
WARNING: Unable to download the list of available providers. Check your internet connection.
PackageManagement\InstallPackageProvider : 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
At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PSModule.psm1:7405 char:21
+ ...     $null = PackageManagement\InstallPackageProvider Name $script:N ...
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (Microsoft.Power...PackageProvider:InstallPackageProvider) [InstallPackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForProvider,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.InstallPackageProvider
PackageManagement\ImportPackageProvider : 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\ImportPackageProvider Name $script:Nu ...
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (NuGet:String) [ImportPackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NoMatchFoundForCriteria,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.ImportPackageProvider
WARNING: Unable to download from URI ‘https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=627338&clcid=0x409’ to .
WARNING: Unable to download the list of available providers. Check your internet connection.
PackageManagement\GetPackageProvider : Unable to find package provider ‘NuGet’. It may not be imported yet. Try ‘Get-PackageProvider -ListAvailable’.
At C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules\PowerShellGet\\PSModule.psm1:7415 char:30
+ ... tProvider = PackageManagement\GetPackageProvider Name $script:NuGet ...
+                 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (Microsoft.Power...PackageProvider:GetPackageProvider) [GetPackageProvider], Exception
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnknownProviderFromActivatedList,Microsoft.PowerShell.PackageManagement.Cmdlets.GetPackageProvider
InstallModule : NuGet provider is required to interact with NuGetbased repositories. Please ensure that ‘’ or newer version of NuGet provider is installed.
At line:1 char:1
+ InstallModule PowershellGet Force
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (:) [InstallModule], InvalidOperationException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CouldNotInstallNuGetProvider,InstallModule
So much words and errors.


The error happens due to the deprecated nature of SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0.
You can confirm your configuration by opening a PowerShell prompt and running the following command:
If you get Ssl3, Tls returned, then your system is configured to use the deprecated protocols. (In my case, my system was a freshly installed Windows Server 2016).


You need to update the .NET cryptography settings.  To do so, run the following commands from an elevated PowerShell console:
Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319' -Name 'SchUseStrongCrypto' -Value '1' -Type DWORD

Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NetFramework\v4.0.30319' -Name 'SchUseStrongCrypto' -Value '1' -Type DWORD
Close and restart PowerShell, and then re-run:
The result should show Tls, Tls1, Tls12.  You can then try to install or update NuGet and PowerShellGet.

Published by Aaron Guilmette

Helping companies conquer inferior technology since 1997. I spend my time developing and implementing technology solutions so people can spend less time with technology. Specialties: Active Directory and Exchange consulting and deployment, Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Office 365, datacenter migration/consolidation, cheese.

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