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Windows 7: Can't set default program to open .hlp files


17 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Can't set default program to open .hlp files

Hey guys. I've got a .hlp file that I want to open, but I guess it was made with an older version of Windows in mind. If I double click to open it I get what you see in my first attachment. I can open it with a version I downloaded from Microsoft's site (C:\Windows\winhlp32.exe). However, the "Always Open With" box is greyed out. I've tried going in through the Control Panel but it does the same thing. I don't mind messing with the registry if that's the only fix, but I really would like to get this working right every time without having to manually select it. Thanks for any help you can give!




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17 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I would think if you were able to change it, then other help files would not open. Maybe it is greyed out for that reason.
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17 Jan 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Foozlesprite, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If it is a older help file version, then you might see is doing only OPTION ONE in the tutorial below may be able to allow you to in Windows 7 like it did in Vista.

Help and Support in Vista - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

The download that that Vista link points me to is the same one I already had installed. It does open the document, but I can't set it as default. Perhaps Saltgrass is right and it can't be done because that wouldn't allow newer documents to open.
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17 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

This may not be the right answer,, but you can try the following,,,

HTML Help Workshop - Microsoft HTML Help Downloads

Download and install HTMLHelp.exe

Install that and see if that helps?

I have seen a lot of problems with HTML Help files and CHM files lately across all flavors of Windows
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17 Jan 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you get the right one for Win 7 ?

It's here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...4-008e02b32a2c
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17 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Yes, when I click the Windows 7 install link, it begins to install then tells me I already have that update installed on my computer. (And I tried Tepid's link but it tells me I already have a newer version on my computer.)
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17 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

What about changing the extension from .hlp to something else, maybe .hpl then setting the app you want as default for only that extension? I've not tried this and the app may reject it if it's not .hlp. Worth a try though.
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17 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
What about changing the extension from .hlp to something else, maybe .hpl then setting the app you want as default for only that extension? I've not tried this and the app may reject it if it's not .hlp. Worth a try though.
This worked for me I had to use a renamer program to rename all the extensions but overall it was MUCH faster than having to select the program every time. Thanks for the help, everybody!
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17 Jan 2010   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
What about changing the extension from .hlp to something else, maybe .hpl then setting the app you want as default for only that extension? I've not tried this and the app may reject it if it's not .hlp. Worth a try though.
Interesting,, hadn't thought of that.
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