Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Vista

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WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the ".hlp" file name extension. To view .hlp files on Windows Vista, you need to install this application.
  • Note:There are multiple files available for this download.Once you click on the "Download" button, you will be prompted to select the files you need.


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      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.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows Vista, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Business N, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Home Basic N, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Starter N, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition

      The Windows Help program is available for Windows Vista only.
  • Install Instructions
      1. Install Windows Help by clicking the Download button above.
      2. Click Run and then follow the instructions on the screen.
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