Drives and Providers

Published: May 20, 2009

Updated: August 9, 2012

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 2.0, Windows PowerShell 3.0

The drives in Windows PowerShell are made available to your session by Windows PowerShell providers, which are .NET Framework assemblies that make the data in a specialized data store available in Windows PowerShell so that you can easily view and manage the data. For information about Windows PowerShell providers, type:

get-help about_providers

To see a list of Windows PowerShell providers, type:


For a list of provider help files, type:

get-help -category provider

For information about a particular provider, type:

get-help <provider-name>

For example,

get-help registry

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