All of the files that I have tried to download so far appear to be invalid
So far I have tried
Windows 10 Pro 64Bit
Windows 8.1 Professional x64
Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 64-Bit
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 32 Bit
Both of the XP Home Edition x32 Service Pack 3
I have tried on several different computers. None of the downloaded files will open or unzip.
The error is always the same “ Invalid file”
Ideally I would like to have a full set, as I have a lot of different computers
I did find an old file on an old XP computer. It was at C:\WINDOWS\System32
That appears to work on other XP computers, but no other computers.
I downloaded the official Microsoft windows 10 from here
That put a winhlp32.exe at
If I try to run that winhlp32.exe on my Windows 10 machine , then nothing happens, but since running the downloaded EIE11_DE-DE_MCM_WIN764.EXE any .hlp files I double click on will work. ( They did not work before I ran the downloaded EIE11_DE-DE_MCM_WIN764.EXE )
That file won’t run on any other computer. On my Win 8.1 machine, for example it tells me that the file is not valid for my operating system ( I expected that )
So in short, can you suggest how I might get hold of any winhlp32.exe files to try
( Also it is very difficult to read your captcha on some of my computers. I usually need a few tries )
Reply: Hello my friend.
I checked, the server is normal and all files can be downloaded normally. If you cannot decompress the file after downloading, it is because the Windows system cannot correctly recognize the ZIP format compressed package. Please use some professional compression tools to decompress these files. On the download page, I have provided a free decompression tool. It is: 7.ZIP, this is an open source free decompression tool.
Generally speaking, the file you download can only be used under the corresponding operating system. For example, if it is a Win XP file, it can only be used under Win XP. If the file belongs to 64-bit Win10, it can only be used under 64-bit Win10, and cannot be used in 32-bit operating system. But in actual application, I found that this file can be used in most operating systems, for example: WinHlp32.exe file of the same version can be used in Win7/8/Vista.
Since this file is not the core file of the system, it will not affect the stability of the system even if it is damaged, so you can safely try to use a different version. Remember to back up old files.
Reply: Thanks very much for your response here, and I apologise for this late reply here, - ( my world is a bit in turmoil just now.)
I was not aware of different .zip forms, and I have , following your response been able to unzip the files in the way you suggested. I see also that you have further clear, thorough and useful info at the download page, which with hindsight I should have examined more thoroughly.
Hopefully I can pick up this project of mine needing the winhlp stuff again in the near future
Alan, 25 May, 2021