How can I enable Legacy Windows Help system

This article will help you to enable the Legacy Windows Help System and to Run the Legacy Help System in Windows 8 and Windows 7. We will show you how you can open .hlp files once again in Windows 8

This tutorial will help you solve:

  • Why Can’t I get help from this Program?
  • Open hlp files in windows 8.1
  • Open hlp files in windows 7

Installing Support for .hlp files in Windows 8

1. Go to this download link on Microsoft.com and click on Download

Dowload Update
Dowload Update

2. Choose the correct version for your system. If you’re running Windows 8 on 64 bits then you need Windows8-RT-KB917607-x64.msu, if you are running Windows 8 on 32 bits then you need Windows8-RT-KB917607-x86.msu. If you’re not sure which you have then press the Windows + R key and type MSinfo32 and hit enter, and look at System Type

Download .hlp update
Download .hlp update

3. Install the downloaded update

After the installation is completed you should be able to read .hlp files again on your system.

 

Installing Support for .hlp files in Windows 7

1. Go to this download link on Microsoft.com and click on Download

Windows 7 hlp Support
Windows 7 hlp Support

2. Choose the correct version for your system. If you’re running Windows 7 on 64 bits then you need Windows6.1-KB917607-x86.msu, if you are running Windows 7 on 32 bits then you need Windows6.1-KB917607-x64.msu. If you’re not sure which you have then press the Windows + R key and type MSinfo32 and hit enter, and look at System Type

Windows 7: Choose Download
Windows 7: Choose Download

 

3. Install the downloaded update

After the installation is completed you should be able to read .hlp files again on your system.

We hope this tutorial helped you to get hlp files working again on Windows 8 and Windows 7

Yuri Pustjens
About the Author

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows
Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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