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  1. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1
    win 10
       09 Oct 2015 #41

    sckyless said: View Post
    Any simple solution available? It's a bit hard for me
    for win 10 ,i use this script

    echo on
    FOR /F %%I IN ("%0") DO SET BATDIR=%%~dpI
    takeown /f "%windir%\winhlp32.exe"
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F
    pause
    copy /y "%BATDIR%\winhlp32.exe" %windir%
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /setowner "NT Service\TrustedInstaller"
    echo Done.
    exit

    copied in a .cmd file
    this .cmd file is placed in a folder with winhlp32.exe from win xp (32bits is ok)
    right click on cmd file and run as administrator
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 1
    windows 10
       26 Oct 2015 #42

    Thank you very much. It worked perfect, you are fantastic. I can run CorelDraw 7 on win 10.
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  3. Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1
    Multiple
       18 Nov 2015 #43

    kimio kanda said: View Post
    How to read an old “.hlp file (*)” on Windows 10 (x64, or, x86)
    (*): The “.hlp file” must be read, without any problem, on Windows XP, 2000, ME, or, 98/98SE.
    The following is a procedure to be able to read an old “.hlp file” on Windows 10 (x86).
    (1) First, get the winhlp32.exe existing in the Windows directory of Windows XP (x86).
    (2) Make a temporary folder (for example D:\TEMP) on the HDD of Windows 10 (x86).
    (3) Copy the winhlp32.exe (obtained by the #(1) step) into the temporary folder D:\TEMP.
    (4) Make a file, named Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd, by using the text editor.
    All of the contents of the file (Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd) are as follows;
    @echo off
    set crtpth=%CD%
    takeown /f "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" >nul
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F >nul
    copy /y "%crtpth%\winhlp32.exe" %windir%
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /setowner "NT Service\TrustedInstaller" >nul
    echo.
    echo Done.
    echo.
    echo Press any key to Exit
    pause >nul
    exit
    (5) Therefore, you can find two files (winhlp32.exe and Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd) in the D:\TEMP.
    (6) Open the Command Prompt window, by selecting "Run as administrator.”
    (7) Then, move the prompt to the D:\TEMP directory, by using Change Directory (CD)command.
    (8) Under this condition, execute the Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd command in the D:\TEMP directory.
    (9) After the completion of this execution, you can read an old “.hlp file” on Windows 10 (x86).

    Remarks:
    In the case of Windows 10 (x64), please use the winhlp32.exe existing in the Windows directory of Windows XP (x64).
    Thank you Kimio, following these instructions using the file I obtained from your instructions under Supplement 2 to get the Winhelp32 file legally from Microsoft itself was just what I needed. I use Just BASIC and needed their files opened, and didn't have any way to do it till I got here.

    So both post are together:

    kimio kanda said: View Post
    SUPPLEMENT-2:
    kimio kanda said: View Post
    (1) First, get the service pack SP3 for Windows XP (x86) by,
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/down....aspx?id=25129
    Note:
    You can get two downloaded files (by waiting roughly 4 minutes),
    (A) WindowsXP-KB932823-v3-x86-ENU.exe, and
    (B) xpsp3_5512.080413-2113_usa_x86fre_spcd.iso.
    But, you can use ONLY "xpsp3_5512.080413-2113_usa_x86fre_spcd.iso."
    (2) Then, check the contents of the downloaded "iso" file, by using some tool (for looking the contents of an “iso” file).
    (3) You can find a “big file”(in the "iso" file),
    WINDOWSXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.EXE
    (4) Copy this “big file” (i,e, WINDOWSXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.EXE) into a temporary folder on your HDD.
    (5) Then, check the contents of this “big file” (at the temporary folder of your HDD) by using some tool (for looking the contents of an archived file).
    (6) By this checking, you can find the “winhlp32.ex_” in the “i386” folder (of this “big file”).
    (7) Copy the “winhlp32.ex_” into a temporary folder on your HDD.
    (8) Open the “Command Prompt” window, and then move the prompt to the temporary folder (in which the “winhlp32.ex_” exists).
    (9) Execute following command in the temporary folder (in which the “winhlp32.ex_” exists);
    expand winhlp32.ex_ winhlp32.exe
    By this execution, you can get “winhlp32.exe” (which has been de-compressed from “winhlp32.ex_”).
    As a result, you can use this “winhlp32.exe.”
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  4. Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 home single language
       29 Dec 2015 #44

    gdaelen said: View Post
    for win 10 ,i use this script

    echo on
    FOR /F %%I IN ("%0") DO SET BATDIR=%%~dpI
    takeown /f "%windir%\winhlp32.exe"
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F
    pause
    copy /y "%BATDIR%\winhlp32.exe" %windir%
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /setowner "NT Service\TrustedInstaller"
    echo Done.
    exit

    copied in a .cmd file
    this .cmd file is placed in a folder with winhlp32.exe from win xp (32bits is ok)
    right click on cmd file and run as administrator
    thanks worked fine !
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  5. Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       03 Jan 2016 #45

    Delphi7 Help


    gdaelen said: View Post
    for win 10 ,i use this script

    echo on
    FOR /F %%I IN ("%0") DO SET BATDIR=%%~dpI
    takeown /f "%windir%\winhlp32.exe"
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F
    pause
    copy /y "%BATDIR%\winhlp32.exe" %windir%
    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /setowner "NT Service\TrustedInstaller"
    echo Done.
    exit

    copied in a .cmd file
    this .cmd file is placed in a folder with winhlp32.exe from win xp (32bits is ok)
    right click on cmd file and run as administrator
    Just installed trusty old Delphi7 on my Windows10 machine and was dismayed to find the Delphi Help yielded a most unhelpful message from MS. I downloaded winhlp32 XP from YOU - many thanks to YOU! - and ran this .cmd file. It didn't seem to fix anything (what is it supposed to do?), so I simply went into the Windows directory and replaced winhlp32x.exe with the one from YOU. Now Help works fine.
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 x64
       10 Jan 2016 #46

    Ok guys, Windows 10 x64 ITA here...
    The archive for Windows 8 RTM (just 898KB) available from Download Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8 from Official Microsoft Download Center seem to contain all languages files, for those interested in a full install including 'WinHlp32.exe' + 'WinHlp32.exe.mui' (= help file/localization catalog/search)...

    I've managed to replace 'C:\Windows\WinHlp32.exe' and 'C:\Windows\it-IT\WinHlp32.exe.mui' from the above .MSU (containing the CAB with the files...).

    Here is how I did:

    1. Downloaded 'Windows8-RT-KB917607-x64.msu' and extracted 'Windows8-RT-KB917607-x64.cab' on the desktop with ZipWare (freeware, there are many alternatives like BandiZip, IZ-Arc etc.)
    2. Extracted the real files out of the .cab with CLI command: Expand.exe "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\Windows8-RT-KB917607-x64.cab" -F:* "<destdir>". Expand.exe is part of the Windows AIK package, or look simply in C:\Windows\System32
    3. Searched for 'winhlp' into the extraction directory and found a lot of .mui for every language both x86 and x64, e.g. the files for me (it-IT; search us-US for American English etc.) were:
      Click image for larger version. 

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    4. Took ownership of 'C:\Windows\WinHlp32.exe' and 'C:\Windows\it-IT\WinHlp32.exe.mui'... I used Windows UI, not command prompt (to be exact I gave ownership and full rights to the Admins for these files):
      Click image for larger version. 

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      and this gave me complete control of those files, so I renamed them to be able to paste-in the new ones
    5. Then I copied the new 'C:\Windows\WinHlp32.exe' and 'C:\Windows\it-IT\WinHlp32.exe.mui' in place and gave them back all the correct rights based on previous files (or any other file in those system protected dirs), including giving back ownership to "NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller" (you can type in it directly in the window with the number 3 in the above pic, because it's NOT listed)


    Finished. Now I have fully functional (search working and help guide included) ITA localized Winhlp.exe (version 6.2.9200.16420 year 2007) installed in my system "the clean way" just the same as installing it from the official Windows 8 update package, not available for Windows 10 (yet?).

    Hope this can be helpful...
    Enjoy!

    P.S.
    SFC /SCANNOW command or a future Windows update can replace the fixed version with the stub.
    To avoid this follow this solution:
    copy extracted files but instead of replacing the original stub in C:\Windows rename them as:
    ...\winhlp32_legacy.exe
    ...\it-IT\winhlp32_legacy.exe.mui
    and put them somewhere else on your HD. Then assign .hlp files to this default program (winhlp32_legacy.exe). Remember that .mui must be in a subdir with your language initials (it-IT, en-US, etc.).
    Last edited by hexaae; 27 Mar 2016 at 13:43.
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  7. Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 1
    WIN 10 64bit
       18 Jan 2016 #47

    thanks for posting this workaround to read old HLP files. Helps a lot.

    I'm currently facing a problem when reading HLP files. The search button doesn't work/exist when opening the HLP files:

    WIN10x64 opened HLP file:

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	59445



    on WIN7x64 same opened HLP file:

    Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	59446



    can't be a problem with the language, or am I wrong?
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  8.    18 Jan 2016 #48

    Hi there

    My own view of this is that all these "Canned" methods could fail again after any large W10 update is done -- since some of them involve getting files from an XP system why not simply create an XP VM in the first place and then convert / read these files at leisure. The VM takes minimal space - especially if you don't need it for any thing else and simply use "Host only" networking so the XP machine is isolated from the Internet if you are worried about security etc.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 36
    Windows 10 x64
       18 Jan 2016 #49

    temptestuser said: View Post
    thanks for posting this workaround to read old HLP files. Helps a lot.

    I'm currently facing a problem when reading HLP files. The search button doesn't work/exist when opening the HLP files:

    WIN10x64 opened HLP file:

    ...



    on WIN7x64 same opened HLP file:

    ....



    can't be a problem with the language, or am I wrong?
    Follow my guide (the msg #46 above) to install also the mui file and you should have Search and everything (localized in your own language). Fully functional :
    Solved Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10 - Page 5 - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       20 Jan 2016 #50

    hexaae said: View Post
    <snip>

    Finished. Now I have fully functional ITA localized (with help guide included) Winhlp.exe (version 6.2.9200.16420 year 2007) installed in my system "the clean way" just the same as installing it from the official Windows 8 update package, not available for Windows 10 (yet?).

    Hope this can be helpful...
    Enjoy!
    And now--thanks to you--my .hlp files are readable again on Windows 10 (64-bit) thanks again for the instructions.

    Bob
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