PowerTip: See What Update-Help Does on Your System


Summary: Learn how to see what the Update-Help cmdlet does on your system.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I see what Update-Help does on my Windows 10 computer—if anything?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Open the Windows PowerShell console with Admin rights, type Update-Help, and add the –Verbose switch.
            It will list everything that it does, the versions of Help that are current, and which versions are updated.
            Here is such a command:

Hpdate-Help -Module * -Force -Verbose

Comments (2)

  1. tommymaynard says:

    Typo: Hpdate-Help should be Update-Help…

  2. AllanM says:

    For a long time when I started with PowerShell I could not get my help to update when I was at work because of a proxy server, and Windows authentication not passing through transparently as we would expect it to.

    If others have the same problem, here’s my solution – which I turned into a cmdlet Update-HelpViaProxy in one of my modules – but all you need are these three lines:

    $mywebClient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
    $mywebClient.Proxy.Credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials
    update-help

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