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  1.    11 Aug 2016 #1

    Need help with help

    In Default Programs, under .hlp, what do I put in under Current Default?

    Don Cole
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  2.    12 Aug 2016 #2

    Hi, this is what appears in the control panel:
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    This is the detail:
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    Has yours been corrupted? I could export a reg file.
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  3.    15 Aug 2016 #3

    Help with help

    Thank you dalchina,
    The part you showed me (assigning .exts to default programs), I know how to do. The problem is I need to add WinHlp32.exe. This worked on Windows 8.1.
    Windows 10 won't take program because it's 64 bit.
    What program can I add to Windows 10 to make the .hlp extension work?

    I need this because I have some 2nd party programs that use the .hlp extension.

    Don Cole
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  4.    15 Aug 2016 #4

    Ah, that's what you mean. A perennial question.

    Here's a relevant thread for you.
    Solved Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10 - Windows 10 Forums

    "The answer's often out there"
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  5.    15 Aug 2016 #5

    Help with help

    I followed the instructions:
    1.) put winhlp32.exe and Win 10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd in M:\TEMP
    2.) I ran cmd as administrator, CDed to M:\TEMP
    3.) ran Win 10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd
    I get:
    ^ ..
    M:\TEMP>How to read an old o.hlp file (*)o on windows 10 (x64, or, x86)
    'How is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
    : was unexpected at this time.

    Don Cole
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  6.    16 Aug 2016 #6

    Hello, you've copied the wrong text when you created the cmd file.
    Windows is trying to execute an English descriptive sentence as if it were commands it understood.
    It won't like that 'cos it doesn't understand English.

    You will find it easier to use the download in post #65 as the cmd file has already been done for you.

    Or #41 has just the lines that should be in the cmd file with no English (avoid the text before and after when copying!)

    Note the caveats:
    The exe added to Windows that processes the hlp file will be replaced e.g. if
    - you run sfc /scannow
    - there's a major upgrade
    - if you do an in-place upgrade repair

    Therefore you'd then need to run this again.

    Can you suggest a small program that uses old help so I can try it? Thanks.
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  7.    16 Aug 2016 #7

    Help with help

    Attachment enclosed.

    I had to zip it because my computer says its not a valid file.
    Because I don't have winhlp32.exe

    Don Cole
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  8.    17 Aug 2016 #8

    Hi, could you say why you've posted the attachment please?

    If you follow the thread I posted, you will find links to download everything you need.
    Including winhlp32.exe both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

    The forum (as normal) only accepts certain types of files for security reasons.
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  9.    17 Aug 2016 #9

    Help with help

    dalchina said: View Post
    Can you suggest a small program that uses old help so I can try it? Thanks.
    Here's another you may have "TEXTPAD.HLP"
    I can send it to you if like.
    I'm going to retry to create the winhlp32.exe file.

    Don Cole
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  10.    18 Aug 2016 #10

    Finally realised why you'd posted the .hlp file... sorry! So I followed the instructions and it opens ok on my PC.

    Winhlp32.exe: Just download it from the link in that thread:
    Solved Can't read older *.hlp files on Windows-10 - Page 2 - Windows 10 Forums
    Post #13 2nd Sept by You - go there- it looks like this (picture)


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