Microsoft has started making cuts in Windows Vista but especially their soon to be released operating system Windows 7.
Programs like the email client Outlook Express, Windows Movie Maker or Windows Photo Gallery have been detached from the operating system and are now available as separate downloads for users who want to use them. Many experienced Windows users like this new strategy as they feel that Microsoft has finally started cutting some of the bloat from the operating system with the opportunity for everyone to download the programs separately.
Microsoft revealed in 2006 that it planned to phase out support for WinHelp on all supported Windows platforms. As part of the announcement, Microsoft disallowed the inclusion of libraries in third-party program and removed native support for .hlp files from its operating systems.
Windows 7 users who try to open help files with the .hlp extension that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program might be in for a surprise though. This is actually a change that Microsoft has implemented in Windows Vista.
Users who want to view .hlp files in Windows 7 need to download the Windows Help Program WinHlp32.exe separately from the following download locations:
Windows Help Program 32-bit and 64-bit
WinHlp32.exe is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the ".hlp" file name extension. To view .hlp files on Windows 7, you need to install this application.
A genuine validation will be performed before the download can be started. The Help program seems to be the same for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7.
The application is only available for Windows 7; it cannot be installed on newer versions of the Windows operating system, e.g. Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
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