Update Help Error

Hello! I’ve just started “Powershell in a month of Lunches” as I thought it would be a great way to learn PS along with the Google IT Support Professional Cert courses that I’m currently taking. Yes I’m a newby!

I’m running PS ISE (in Admin) version 5. Getting an error with the Update-Help and not sure where to go from here…

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> update-help
update-help : Failed to update Help for the module(s) 'WindowsUpdateProvider' with UI culture(s) {en-US} : Unable to retrieve
the HelpInfo XML file for UI culture en-US. Make sure the HelpInfoUri property in the module manifest is valid or check your
network connection and then try the command again.
At line:1 char:1
+ update-help
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : ResourceUnavailable: (:) [Update-Help], Exception
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnableToRetrieveHelpInfoXml,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.UpdateHelpCommand

Thank you for your time and patience!


Update-Help -Module * -Verbose -Force

This tries to update all help for all modules… Which means you’ll see even more errors. -Verbose will show you some of the decisions taken (versioning…)

If any local module does not have a valid HelpInfoUri defined in its manifest, Update-Help does not know where to update the help files from, and will complain with that error. It happens frequently, with many modules.

As for WindowsUpdate module, mine points to “https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=614995

WindowsUpdateProvider contains “https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=390794”. Both are wrong.

… but does anyone know about a good solution on how to fix all these easily ?

See also https://powershell.org/forums/topic/update-help-not-working/

Thank you for taking the time to help, however it has the same error pop up. Surfing MS forums currently to try to find a fix.

Here is a relevant thread on this that may shed some light: https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/windows-powershell-docs/issues/139