Can't compile a c# project (powershell host) on windows 10 targeting .net 4.0

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    I have a project which can be compiled without problems on windows 7. Now I am trying to move to windows 10 and the exact same project can not be compiled on windows 10.

    I have a german environment so I will try to translate the error message.

    The primary reference "" (version could not be resolved, because it has a dependence to Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.Native (version which is build on .net framework 4.5.

    because of this message i tried to change my target framework to point to .net 4.5. targeting 4.5 it works fine, but because of other assemblies I need to compile everything with .net 4.

    As I mentioned, on a windows 7 machine the exact same code can be compiled without any issues.

    It is my first post on and I hope this is the correct forum for my question.
    Thanks in advance

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    The difference is that Win10 comes with, and only runs, PowerShell v5, which itself was compiled against the later .NET Framework version. Win7 can run a variety of PowerShell versions, which have their own .NET dependencies. This is something that developers are more or less constantly dealing with – you really have to get everything lined up against a particular version. In the case of Win10, because it can only run PowerShell v5, you'll have to get everything happy running in that version.

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