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How To Run HelpFiles on Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 and Windows 11

The below instructions are to show you how to obtain and run the correct version of the Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) used by most popular software and legacy applications.

This type of helpfile is no longer supported by Microsoft... why not?... you may ask... I don't know, maybe they are just mean by nature.


Click one of the following "Windows Help program" links, depending on the operating system that you are running:

Click here to download directly from our servers Free SSuite Office Software and Suites downloads. - Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Vista

- Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 7

- Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8

- Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8.1

- Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 10 / 11 and Beyond... 

Microsoft has removed all relevant links, please see below for more information...

Or download them here: Microsoft WindowsHelp32 for ALL Windows WinHlp32.exe Files.


Download and install Windows6.*-KB917607-x64.msu or Windows6.*-KB917607-x86.msu, depending on the edition of the operating system that you are running.

All you need to do is double-click on the msu file, follow the instructions, and Windows will do the rest. When the file has finished, the helpfiles will now run perfectly on your Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 and including Windows 11 and beyond system.
{ Fingers Crossed }

Windows 10 / 11 and Beyond...

Method One:

Windows 10 x86 32 BitWindows 10 / 11 x64 64 Bit

Follow these instructions for a succesful operation of the helpfile for Windows 10:

  • Download one of the above files that fits your system.
  • Unzip all the relevant files to your root directory " C:\ " .
  • Open the Command prompt window (DOS window, NOT the new Power Shell GUI) with administrator rights.
  • Navigate to the root directory "C:\" by using the command - "cd\". (More Detail on DOS commands...)
  • Type "install.bat" and press enter... Done!

Method Two:

For the users who need winhlp32.exe, just get a copy from an XP system. It is located in c:\windows. Then, on Windows 10, boot to the command prompt, go to the windows folder, and replace the stub with winhlp32.exe from the XP system. Problem solved - until you run sfc /scannow. This is yet another annoyance caused by Microsoft not wanting us to have a functional HELP for older programs. { Download WinXPHelpFile }

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