Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Vista

Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) is a Help program that has been included with Microsoft Windows versions starting with the Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system. However, the Windows Help program has not had a major update for many releases and no longer meets Microsoft's standards. Therefore, starting with the release of Windows Vista, the Windows Help program will not ship as a feature of Windows. If you want to view 32-bit .hlp files, you must download and install the program (WinHlp32.exe) from the Microsoft Download Center.

Instructions
1. Install Windows Help by clicking the Download button.
2. Click Run and then follow the instructions on the screen.

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Who uses the built-in help files nowadays anyway?

You know what my help file is? Works with every program, all versions and is constantly being updated. It's called "Google".

At first I thought it was stupid of them to remove it, but now I like the chm files a LOT better. Anyone who refuses to switch to chm should be shot in the foot.

The WinHlp32.exe file is there in Vista, but if you try to actually open a file that works with Win32Hlp.exe, you'll get an error message saying that it's not included in Vista, because it didn't meet Microsoft's security standards, or something like that. While it's a bit annoying, yes, I think it's a smart move on Microsoft's part. They're removing something that doesn't match their standards.

WHY DO PEOPLE believe everything Microsoft says???

When "news broke" a month or two ago about the Hlp32 "missing" from Windows Vista RTM, I was the first to decry such claims as nonsense.

Just take a look at your Windows directories, and you will notice that the program is included -- just no shortcut from the Programs menu.

Jeez... such "news" is really not "news" when the claims made in the news are inherently false.

Yet another feature that was left out, at least it's available via seperate download.

Also missing: HyperTerm - available via seperate download, MSCHAPv1 support, Ability to search for files between certian dates? - anyone know how to do this?

Also cannot change selected icons / list items color when Aero is enabled, the light blue is hard to see :(

Another month or two of testing Vista Ultimate on my latitude and I'll finally go back to XP.