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October 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Hi folks!

I'm a bit of a newbie to PowerShell, and hope someone out there can help.

I've got PowerShell V5 installed on a 64-bit version of Windows 7.

When I run the 32-bit version of PowerShell, as Administrator, and execute:

get-help *about*

I get a nice long listing of help files.

However, performing the same action in 64-bit PowerShell, again as Administrator, all I get is a solitary listing for:


Entries for the other about_ files are missing.

I've tried updating help several times using update-help, but to no avail. I've also closed and restarted PowerShell several times too, to try and affect changes.

Clearly, I'd prefer to be using the 64-bit version of PowerShell, but this lack of help regarding about_ files is annoying.

Help for the Cmdlet and Function categories seems to work fine in both 32 and 64-bit PS.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

October 24, 2016 at 10:05 pm

I've not run into this. When running 64-bit as Administrator, Update-Help runs and downloads everything in the core About set.

I suppose as a workaround you could download them from the GitHub repo where they live.