About Helpfiles Missing in PowerShell 64 bit

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  • #55874

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    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.

  • #55916

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    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.

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