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

If you want to be able to display and read the Windows help files, those that have a .hlp extension then you will need to install Download details: WinHlp32.exe for Windows 7.

“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 and continuing in Windows 7, 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.”

Of course this doesn’t me there isn’t help within Windows 7, just press F1 at any time to get the latest help, or visit to see the latest help online.

There is also a version for Windows Server 2008 R2


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Comments (6)

  1. Jack says:

    You suck

    I can not find the download

  2. robmar says:

    Jack – thanks for the winderful feedback

    what part of the link didn't work for you…/details.aspx


  3. E says:

    I support Jack. I came to this page because I can't get that file from microsoft website.

  4. robmar says:

    E – are you getting any sort of error message?

  5. Tim says:

    When I go to the page it says i need to validate. When I download the validation file and run it it says that it is not supported anymore.

  6. Mike says:

    I am having the same problem as Tim.

    The Downloads page requires installation of an add-in to IE which does not seem to do anything.  Alternative option is to run a windows genuine Advantage exe file which complains that is is not compatible and a new version needs to be downloaded.