“Import-Module AzureRM Import-Module: The specified module ‘AzureRM’ was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory”


The error message “The specified module ‘AzureRM’ was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory” indicates that the PowerShell session is trying to import the AzureRM module, but it cannot find the required files. AzureRM is the previous Azure Resource Manager module for managing Azure resources through PowerShell.

This blog post provides a step-by-step guide to resolving this error, which may occur during the development or administration of Azure resources.

Understanding the Problem

AzureRM vs Az Modules

AzureRM is the older set of Azure PowerShell modules. Microsoft has since migrated to the Az modules, starting in December 2018. If you are using a recent version of PowerShell, you might not have the AzureRM module installed, leading to this error.


Option 1: Install the AzureRM Module

If you still need to work with the AzureRM module, you can install it using the following command:

You might need to run this command as an administrator.

Option 2: Migrate to the Az Module

It’s recommended to migrate to the Az module, as AzureRM is no longer being updated with new features. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Install the Az Module: Install-Module -Name Az -AllowClobber -Scope CurrentUser
  2. Uninstall the AzureRM Module (Optional): If you have the AzureRM module installed, you might want to uninstall it to avoid potential conflicts. Uninstall-Module -Name AzureRM
  3. Enable AzureRM Aliases (Optional): If you have existing scripts using AzureRM cmdlets, you can enable AzureRM aliases in Az to make the migration smoother. Enable-AzAlias


The error regarding the AzureRM module not being loaded is typically related to the module not being installed or a migration to the newer Az module being required. By following the steps outlined above, depending on your specific needs and environment, you can resolve the error and continue managing your Azure resources.

Always be cautious when installing or uninstalling PowerShell modules, especially in production environments, and consider the implications and dependencies of your actions.