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Help fileStarting from Windows Vista, Microsoft has stopped providing support for Help files (.HLP) . This lack of support continues in Windows 7 too so that if a user tries to open a Help file of any application and program, the system will return with a window asking what program to use to open such a file. Luckily for us, Microsoft has recently released an interesting application to open these .HLP files.

Reading from Microsoft website: “WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the “.hlp” file name extension. To view and open .hlp files on Windows 7, you need to install this application”. Keep in your mind that you can download such a utility after passing a genuine Windows validation. Alternatively you can download it from these links here:

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One Comment to “How to open .HLP (Help) files in Windows 7”

  1. Dennis F Says:

    Visual Basic Express, which I just installed this afternoon, had a check box for on the web or computer based help files. I didn’t try to open those that may have been loaded by other applications. Whatever the case, this should be helpful, if just being able to stop one instance of that dreadful box about what to open the file with. Thanks Frank.

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