Windows 10: Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10 Solved

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  1. Posts : 7
    Win 10 Pro x64 preview build 16199
       27 May 2017 #91

    • Thank you Johan99. Your suggestion helped but I had to change it on my system.
    • The Registrykey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\hlpfile\shell\open\command does not exist on build 16199.
    • However: Registrykey HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.hlp does so I changed the default value to "C:\users\temp\winhlp32.exe" %1
    • Now my hlp file's open with no problems

    Thanks again to all poster's on this thread!!!!!!!!!!!
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  2.    05 Aug 2017 #92

    Question about kimio kanda solution


    I followed the instructions and now I can open help files on Windows 10. However, I installed XP winhlp32.exe 32 bit version on my 64bit Windows 10 machine. I get one error, even though the .hlp file opens. The error reads "Cannot find or load the file inetwh32.dll. This file should be copied to the C:\windows\system32 directory in your path." OK to follow this instruction?

    Second, can you explain what the following 2 lines are for in your .cmd file?

    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /grant *S-1-5-32-544:F >nul

    icacls "%windir%\winhlp32.exe" /setowner "NT Service\TrustedInstaller" >nul

    Thanks much!
    Eddo
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  3. Posts : 4,502
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       05 Aug 2017 #93

    Just a note, WinXP did have a 64-bit version available but only as the Professional edition.
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  4.    05 Aug 2017 #94

    didn't work.


    After following your instructions, I tried to open a hlp file and it complained that I need inetwh32.dll in the c:\windows\system32 directory. I'm running Windows 10 Home. Any further instructions?


    hannelius said: View Post
    here's a zip file i made
    containing the winhlp32.exe from windows XP
    i've been using for a year
    along with instructions on how to replace it...
    it works for me even on x64...
    Attachment 65564
    edit: this works on windows 8 and 10
    even though the help file doesn't say so...
    and probably 7 too though i haven't tried it...
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  5.    02 Nov 2017 #95

    Microsoft did it again


    I was recently raped by the Win10 big update, and Microsoft again reuninstalled my
    old HLP format support that I managed to get again after original install by the tricks
    described here. So Microsoft, will you please stop to play with my finely tuned system,
    or pls provide some mean to stop all the updates altogether and forever.
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  6.    08 Nov 2017 #96

    Roman Krejci said: View Post
    I was recently raped by the Win10 big update, and Microsoft again reuninstalled my
    old HLP format support that I managed to get again after original install by the tricks
    described here. So Microsoft, will you please stop to play with my finely tuned system,
    or pls provide some mean to stop all the updates altogether and forever.
    It's a known problem. Even if you do an SFC /Scannow it will replace the stub with the "new" version, reverting changes.
    To solve this "forced rollback" every time and once and for all and let you use old winhlp32.exe with .hlp here is an easy solution: Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10
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