Windows 10: powershell help does not seem to work Solved

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  1. Posts : 338
    windows 10 (x64) Home 1803
       4 Days Ago #1

    powershell help does not seem to work


    When I try help in powershell i don't get any help. I get as given in pic.
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    What to do to get proper help?

    When I tried update-help, I got error as follows.
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  2. Posts : 7,602
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       4 Days Ago #2

    It looks like your file system is corrupt. The 1st screenshot is displaying text from completely the wrong source. You should be seeing this...
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    The 2nd screenshot says it is unable to locate an .xml file.

    Check your disk from a Command Prompt (Admin) with chkdsk C: /f
    answer Y when asked "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)" then restart the PC.

    Next, from a Command Prompt (Admin) run sfc /scannow
    The SFC command scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.
    Run SFC Command in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    If the system is too badly corrupted to repair you may need to do a clean install, unless that is you have a recent system image you can restore. It is highly recommended that you make regular system images with something like Macrium Reflect (Free) so that you can recover from disasters like this. It is possible the corruption is due to a failing disk., another case wher a system image would allow a full restore to a replacement drive.
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  3. Posts : 338
    windows 10 (x64) Home 1803
    Thread Starter
       4 Days Ago #3

    Bree said: View Post
    It looks like your file system is corrupt. The 1st screenshot is displaying text from completely the wrong source. You should be seeing this...
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Poweshell help dir.PNG 
Views:	4 
Size:	30.1 KB 
ID:	195566

    The 2nd screenshot says it is unable to locate an .xml file.

    Check your disk from a Command Prompt (Admin) with chkdsk C: /f
    answer Y when asked "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)" then restart the PC.

    Next, from a Command Prompt (Admin) run sfc /scannow
    Run SFC Command in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    If the system is too badly corrupted to repair you may need to do a clean install, unless that is you have a recent system image you can restore. It is highly recommended that you make regular system images with something like Macrium Reflect (Free) so that you can recover from disasters like this. It is possible the corruption is due to a failing disk., another case wher a system image would allow a full restore to a replacement drive.
    I have checked with sfc /scannow. It shows all are ok. I have a system images backed up with macrium. Is there any other way to correct the above error with out clean install or using macrium image? Get-help dir works OK.
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  4.    3 Days Ago #4

    Hi, did you do the first part of what @Bree asked?
    Check your disk from a Command Prompt (Admin) with chkdsk C: /f
    answer Y when asked "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)" then restart the PC.
    Try this to fix Powershell:
    Press Windows key + R
    Type: optionalfeatures.exe
    Hit Enter

    Scroll down and locate the Windows PowerShell entry.
    Uncheck the PowerShell feature.
    Save and apply your changes.
    Restart your Windows 10 computer.
    Afterwards, repeat the steps from above and re-enable the Windows PowerShell feature.
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  5. Posts : 338
    windows 10 (x64) Home 1803
    Thread Starter
       3 Days Ago #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, did you do the first part of what @Bree asked?


    Try this to fix Powershell:
    Press Windows key + R
    Type: optionalfeatures.exe
    Hit Enter

    Scroll down and locate the Windows PowerShell entry.
    Uncheck the PowerShell feature.
    Save and apply your changes.
    Restart your Windows 10 computer.
    Afterwards, repeat the steps from above and re-enable the Windows PowerShell feature.
    Thanks for response.
    I have done chkdsk C: /f also.
    still not working. I tried your suggestion also. That also does not work.
    But as I said get-help dir works. Please see below
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  6. Posts : 7,602
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       3 Days Ago #6

    lvgandhi said: View Post
    ...as I said get-help dir works.
    has an alias for 'help' been inadvertently set? try get-alias h* to find out.
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  7. Posts : 338
    windows 10 (x64) Home 1803
    Thread Starter
       3 Days Ago #7

    Bree said: View Post
    has an alias for 'help' been inadvertently set? try get-alias h* to find out.
    Thanks.
    I don't get it in alias.
    seepic
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  8. Posts : 338
    windows 10 (x64) Home 1803
    Thread Starter
       3 Days Ago #8

    Finally I reset my windows. I could get help to work.
    But get-alias does not show help. But help works. see pic below
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    Still update-help shows error as in pic below.
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    Any help to remove this error will be helpful
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  9. Posts : 12
    Windows 10 Pro [64-bit]
       3 Days Ago #9

    I'm getting the same error. There must not be an update for it.
    Run: Update-Help -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
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  10. Posts : 7,602
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       3 Days Ago #10

    lvgandhi said: View Post
    ...get-alias does not show help...
    It shouldn't, the thought was there may have been one set by accident that caused the problem.
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