I pointed the API help file to WIN32.HLP (Help -> Select API File -> win32.hlp -> Open)

But when I right click on API and click 'Help on Symbolic name' 'Windows Help and Support' comes up and shows me 'Why can't I get Help from this program? '.

What is the problem here...I'm using win 7, 64 Bit.

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    could you post your edit as an answer?
    – 0xea
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:41
  • Sorry i don't hav enough rep points....I jst got started
    – nkg
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:50

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(on behalf of the OP)

Solved it. It was because my system was missing one update.

Check the error details and solution here. Modern Windows versions have no more built-in support for the old Windows help format, so that needs to be installed explicitly.

  • Still not working, the following error message appears: Cannot display this help file. Try opening the help file again, and if you still get this message, copy the help file to a different drive, and try again. Jul 28, 2015 at 18:16

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