Windows Help Program for Windows71.0

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Windows Update (KB917607) for Windows 7 only (32-bit and 64-bit), required to open and view 32-bit Help files with the .hlp extension

editor's review



The great majority of Windows applications are accompanied by detailed documentation regarding the functionality of the utility, along with various tips and tricks that can help users make the most of their newly-installed software.

When Windows 7 was released, one of its numerous tweaks and optimizations was to no longer include the dedicated Help software that would allow users to read *.hlp files. In order to bypass this issue, one can resort to installing Windows Help Program for Windows7.

The software solution can be easily installed as no expert computer skills are required, so that even novices can explore the data stored in *.hlp files within minutes.

The application per se does not come with a graphical user interface, yet once it is installed on the computer, users get the possibility to explore the data stored in *.hlp files. This file format was typically used for the documentation of programs developed mainly for operating systems such as XP and earlier.

Even though these utilities were especially created to run on older OSes, most of them still function smoothly on newer iterations, such as Windows 7, so their documentation needs to be accessible as well.

As suggested by its title, Windows Help Program for Windows7 can only be used on Windows 7, so those who want to be able to read *.hlp files on other operating systems can try Windows Help Program for Vista or Windows Help Program for Windows Server 2008. It is worth mentioning that most developers have already switched to other types of documentations, so that their users are not required to install additional apps to read the Help file.

Windows Help Program for Windows7 was reviewed by Giorgiana Arghire
Last updated on September 10th, 2013