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How to install WinHlp32 support in Windows 10

Last post 02-20-2016, 14:32 by SvenH. 0 replies.
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    How to install WinHlp32 support in Windows 10

    It looks like Microsoft has dropped support for the ancient hlp format (WinHlp32.exe) under Windows 10 completely.

    I have found a solution to install an older version of "WinHlp32.exe" under Windows 10:

    1. Extract the file "WinHlp32.exe" from a Windows XP installation (Windows directory)
    2. Copy the file "WinHlp32.exe" to your Windows 10 system in folder c:\temp
    3. Start notepad and create a new file with the following content:

    @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 Done.
    echo Press any key to Exit
    pause >nul

    4. Save the file as ""c:\temp\Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd"
    5. Open a command prompt window as Administrator (very important)
    6. Switch to the directory "c:\temp"
    7. Start the batch file "Win10-Hlp32-Fix.cmd"

    If all goes well you can use old .hlp files on your Windows 10 system afterwards. On my Windows 10 system it worked perfectly.

    For a German translation of this tip please go to the German forum:


    Sven Henze
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