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Help files

by Buddha9596 / October 19, 2015 1:03 AM PDT

I see that once again the help system files for various applications that worked well in the past no longer work with Windows 10. I went through this when I went from XP to Vista, but the usual MS Site has fixes for Vista, 7, and 8; but nothing to make the files work under Windows 10.

Any suggestions?


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Well help files sometime require
by orlbuckeye / October 19, 2015 5:54 AM PDT
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apps like Notepad or Adobe Reader to view the help files so make sure nyou have the proper viewer installed and/or updated.

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Help files
by Buddha9596 / October 19, 2015 2:13 PM PDT

I have both of those, but I don't believe that's the problem here. I'm not talking about readme type text files here. I'm unable to access the in-program help normally accessed with a pull-down menu. Attempting to open help sends me to an MS page with fixes listed for versions of Windows from Vista through 8.1, but nothing for Windows 10.

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Still vague.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2015 2:26 PM PDT
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As plain as I can think of
by Buddha9596 / October 19, 2015 5:12 PM PDT
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When I am running an application or game and click Help in the tool bar, a menu drops down listing Index, Search help, etc.

Pressing any of those options opens this page in a browser:

I see nothing on that page to make the help system work on my 64 bit Windows 10 system.

I used a fix from that page for an old Vista system I had, but see nothing for what I have now.

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Not plain at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2015 5:18 PM PDT

I don't know what app so I can't pick apart what system it used.

Maybe it's WinHlp but later today I'll install kb917607 on my W10 test machine. You didn't reveal if you tried.

PS. Edited by me. I'll also try but since I don't have an app to see if it works I hope you can share one to test with.

Post was last edited on October 19, 2015 5:20 PM PDT

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Waiting for you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 19, 2015 6:01 PM PDT
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I have my guiena pig W10 laptop ready. Your move.

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Have you tried F1? That seems to work.
by wpgwpg / October 19, 2015 7:34 PM PDT
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It certainly appears that Windows Help has migrated from the Start menu in earlier versions to the web. If I go to the desktop and press F1 though, it starts a browser and some info on getting help. Same thing in Office. Another thing MS says is that you can ask (ugg) Cortana and get help. One thing that IS in the Start menu is the "Getting Started" app. If you click on that, it offers some info. Like a lot of other changes in the Windows 10 user interface, the look and feel has changed, but a lot of info is there. I haven't tried Classic Shell with Windows 10, but if you use it with 8, it puts a lot of things back in the Start menu where we're used to looking for it.
I can tell you this. I do volunteer work at the local senior centers, and these "little changes" are driving the over 55 crowd crazy here.
Good luck.

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