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

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  1.    19 May 2016 #61

    Thanks - the exe and instructions worked great


    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...
    Thanks! I followed the instructions in the zip file and it worked great in Windows10
    Dave
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  2.    29 May 2016 #62

    kimio kanda: Thanks very much: it worked perfectly.
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  3.    05 Jun 2016 #63

    Thanks...


    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...
    Works as described. Yours is the only "fix" that worked for me.
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  4.    21 Jun 2016 #64

    Here is a procedure that works, the zip file containing:
    Readme.txt
    RoboEX32.dll
    Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd
    winhlp32.exe (From Windows XP SP2 X64)

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Av3SVuwIy2Q8avD-Qv65CdgQ4Zo
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  5. Posts : 1
    windows 10 64 bit
       06 Jul 2016 #65

    Abdelhak said: View Post
    Here is a procedure that works, the zip file containing:
    Readme.txt
    RoboEX32.dll
    Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd
    winhlp32.exe (From Windows XP SP2 X64)

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Av3SVuwIy2Q8avD-Qv65CdgQ4Zo
    I have tried about 4 solutions to the problem of not being able to read old .hlp files on Windows 10 and this is the only one that worked!
    Many thanks.
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  6.    08 Jul 2016 #66

    WinHlp32 For Windows 10 Easy Fix


    I got lucky and found an easy fix with my first Google search. Here are the instructions I found:

    Here is a solution (thanks to Komeil Bahmanpour):

    Go to his site:

    Windows Help Program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 x64 and x86 - Komeil Bahmanpour

    Download winhlp32-windows-7-x86-x64-komeil.cab:

    winhlp32 windows 7 x86 x64 komeil.cab - Komeil Bahmanpour Download Center


    I needed a solution in order to get help working for Delphi Studio Architect on Windows 10.
    Komeil's install.cmd file didn't work as is (its pre Win10) so I simply modified it.
    Unpack the download (Install.cmd, winhlp32.exe, winhlp32.exe.mui) to a new directory. Edit the install.cmd and add the following two lines to the 'settings' section:

    set WindowsVersion=7
    goto :BypassVersionError

    (yes, 'WindowsVersion=7' is correct.) Save the file and execute as administrator.
    All should go without error. Delphi help, and every other help file I've tried, now works exactly as it should!

    I got a little confused (inexperience) so to make it easy for others, this is what I did (maybe more than necessary):

    I downloaded the file (winhlp32-windows-7-x86-x64-komeil.cab) from the website and placed it in a new folder that I called WinHlp32.

    Inside that folder, I made another new folder called WinHlp32Extract.

    I clicked on the .cab file, which then displayed 3 files.

    I clicked on each of the 3 files (one at a time), selected "Extract", and extracted them to my WinHlp32Extract folder.

    I edited the extracted Install.cmd file with Notepad as described above, adding the two lines after the existing Set statements in the Settings section at the top.

    @echo off

    :: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
    :: Settings

    set MuiFileName=winhlp32.exe.mui
    set ExeFileName=winhlp32.exe
    set WindowsVersion=7
    goto :BypassVersionError


    Saved the file.

    Right clicked on it (Install.cmd), selected Run As Administrator, and it worked the first time, well... the first time after I did it correctly as I just described
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  7.    22 Jul 2016 #67

    hannelius said: View Post
    here's a zip file i made
    containing the winhlp32.exe from windows XP
    Thanks, hannelius.
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  8.    25 Aug 2016 #68

    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...
    Worked like a champ! Thank you!
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    06 Sep 2016 #69

    This works perfect for me. Why the hell MS wants me not to open Help Files i used for 15 years wo problems?
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  10. Posts : 3,319
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       28 Sep 2016 #70

    While it is indeed possible under Windows 10 to use an older winhlp32.exe to read .hlp files, there are security vulnerabilities in doing so.

    Microsoft has listed .HLP files as unsafe file types as discussed in (this KB article) and recommends customers exercise the same cautions with .HLP as .EXE, as both file types are executable. As a best practice, users should always exercise extreme caution when opening unsolicited attachments from both known and unknown sources.
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...-of-hlp-files/

    Converting to PDF is one option, but reading a PDF is not quite the same as having a fully functional Help file. Conversion to a help file format that Windows 10 supports would be the ideal.

    The replacement format for help files is the compiled HTMLHelp format (CHM). The look and use of a .chm help file is almost identical to that of the older .hlp files. In fact, the project files (table of contents, images, text etc.) used to compile a .hlp file can easily be converted to a .chm project. From there it's an easy step to recompile the project in .chm format. Microsoft of course don't release the project files for their Help files, but these can be recreated by decompiling the .hlp file. A step-by-step guide including links to the (free) software required is here:

    http://www.help-info.de/en/Help_Info...converting.htm
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