It works man, thanks.
First step is : you have the winhlp from xp, i get it from attached file by YOU.
If you run it, it will open file dialog to open hlp file, display like this:
If you test it to open any hlp file, it will open it.
Then you can run batch file created by kimio kanda. It works on me.
Can anyone give me a rationale, similar to why .CHM is a safer format than .HLP, for why Microsoft seems to have abandoned any form of a local Help file or semi-detailed Users' guide for Windows 10 itself?
If I'm operating off-line, e.g., when I'm camping in my RV, simply having links to Web pages doesn't cut it!
Or, did I miss something in my W10 install? (I hope.)
Here is some information on why .HLP is dangerous.. basically, you can embed code and macros in it that can execute without intervention...
Reverse Mode - Please do not me!
CHM is HTML based, while .HLP was RTF based. CHM is also blocked by default. When you download a .CHM file, you have to first "unblock" it for it to work.
OK, I admit to slightly "burying the lead" in my prior post, so I'll restate the real question:
Can anyone give me a rationale for why Microsoft seems to have abandoned any form of a local Help file or semi-detailed Users' guide within Windows 10 itself?
Following a clean install, most of my \Program Files\Microsoft & \Windows Help subdirectories are empty, and what few .CHM files are predominantly references to MSDN pages. Is this unusual, or is this the latest form of W10 "torture"?
(But, thanks for the .CHM vs. .HLP explanation. It was interesting.)
$1. For "Microsoft Outlook 2010"
The file(s) ".hlp" and/or ".chm" cannot be attached to "Microsoft Outlook 2010," which you use for sending your e-mail.
Please refer to the following.
https://support.office.com/en-us/art...rs=en-US&ad=US$2. For "Google Gmail"
Furthermore, the file ".chm" cannot be attached to "Google Gmail," which you use for sending your e-mail.
Please refer to the following.
It worked for me, even using the 32 bit versión of wihlp32.exe file (extracted from the WINDOWSXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.EXE file) in my Windows 10 - 64 bit OS.
Later, I used the 64 bit version found in Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10 - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums and it also worked, as expected.
Thanks a lot for the info.
I tried your solution & it works. It took a little effort since I had to locate an XP repository, I then installed the ISO image into a virtual machine, and finally copied winhlp32.exe onto a USB key. After getting hold of winhlp32.exe, I simply followed your instructions.
Even help files which are opened by a menu pick internal to software would not find the .pdf file. What would redirect the program to look for the .pdf file instead of the .hlp file? No way to alias the file, right?
The patch for W7 worked fine. Nothing yet for W10. And reading here, it seems most have lost all hope. I'd click "accept" on a license agreement removing Microsoft from all liability if a .hlp file contaminates my computer. If that will get my .hlp files working again, I'm ready. After all, what I have is older software which hasn't riddled my system with viruses in 15 years. Why would I think that would change? Any new software will come with the new help format, yes?
Last edited by sckyless; 06 Oct 2015 at 05:08.