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I am running PS2.0 on Win8.

When I run "get-help Get-ChildItem", I only see NAME and SYNTAX, where is the SYNOPSIS, RELATED LINKS and other info?

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Windows 8 comes with PowerShell 3.0 preinstalled. At least mine did. Where did you get 2.0 from? (Type $PSVersionTable to see the version.) – dangph Dec 16 '12 at 17:20
I installed the 2.0 by "Add features". – smwikipedia Dec 17 '12 at 11:40
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You can run PowerShell 2 Windows 8 by passing the -version switch to powershell.exe:

powershell.exe -version 2.0

If you run PowerShell 2 like that, then the help appears to work as expected:

PS > help gci


    Gets the items and child items in one or more specified locations.
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it works when I run powershell.exe -version 3.0 – smwikipedia Dec 17 '12 at 13:27
@smwikipedia, I did an Update-Help in PS3. I wonder if you need to do that as well? Note that you will need to run PS3 as administrator to do that. – dangph Dec 17 '12 at 13:36


PS > Get-Help Get-Member -full

The full parameter will get you all available help for specific subject

You will see Links, Examples, Notes, Outputs, Inputs and detailed Synopsis

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sorry, but -full doesn't work for me. I am using PowerShell 2.0 on Win8. – smwikipedia Dec 17 '12 at 13:26
get-help returns what I want if I run the Powershell -version 3.0 – smwikipedia Dec 17 '12 at 13:27

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