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August 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

Hello All,

I am running PowerShell in Windows 10. Today I wanted to check something in the About_If help topic. I was surprised when I ran "Get-Help About_If" and nothing came up. Then I tried "Get-Help About_Modules" and still nothing. This is a pretty new re-installation of Windows 10, so I thought maybe I had forgotten to update the help in PowerShell after the install. I updated the help, and after it completed, I ran "Get-Help About_" and to my shock, only a small handful of topics were listed and still no About_if or About_Modules. Check it out:

Any ideas what my problem might be?

Thanks,
Jon (Riddickulus)

August 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

Did you install the Windows 10 anniversary update? Microsoft updated my machine this week and last night I noticed most of my about_ files had disappeared.

PS E:\__Temp> Get-Help about_*

Name                              Category  Module                    Synopsis
----                              --------  ------                    --------
about_BeforeEach_AfterEach        HelpFile                            performed at the beginning and en
about_Mocking                     HelpFile                            Pester provides a set of Mocking
about_Pester                      HelpFile                            Pester is a BDD based test runner
about_should                      HelpFile                            Provides assertion convenience me
about_TestDrive                   HelpFile                            A PSDrive for file activity limit
about_CimSession                  HelpFile                            Describes a CimSession object and

PS E:\__Temp>

September 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

I am seeing the same issue is there a known fix for this issue?

This is all I get when I run the command

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> help ABOUT_*

Name Category Module Synopsis
—- ——– —— ——–
about_BeforeEach_AfterEach HelpFile performed at the beginning and end of every It...
about_Mocking HelpFile Pester provides a set of Mocking functions mak...
about_Pester HelpFile Pester is a BDD based test runner for PowerShell.
about_should HelpFile Provides assertion convenience methods for com...
about_TestDrive HelpFile A PSDrive for file activity limited to the sco...
about_CimSession HelpFile Describes a CimSession object and the differen...

September 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

I didn't find a proper fix. In the end I just copied the files from another machine:
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\en-US

September 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

Me too – I have excat the same problem.

I dont have machine where I could copy the files from. Anyone knows where to download theese a a quick fix ?

September 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

I found a good solution.

Install-Script -Name Install-AboutHelp 
Install-AboutHelp.ps1 

That installs all the missing helpfiles 🙂 Thanks to Powershellgallery and Ryan Yates

https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/Install-AboutHelp/0.0.1/DisplayScript