Windows Help (.hlp) files no longer supported from Vista onwards

Date:22 May, 2007
Product/Release:Visual LANSA
Abstract:Microsoft will no longer supply the Windows Help reader in Vista which can affect LANSA developed application that uses Winhelp
Submitted By:LANSA Technical Support


If you provide documentation with your deployed LANSA applications, please note:

As from Windows Vista, Microsoft will no longer supply the Windows Help reader. Refer to The Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program is no longer included with Windows operating systems starting with Windows Vista for a full discussion of this dropped support, including alternative help options as suggested by Microsoft.

If you have a LANSA developed application that uses Winhelp and you intend deploying the application to Vista, the help will not work as files with a file type of .hlp will no longer be viewable. You will need to change your application to use a help content that is supported by all currently supported Microsoft operating systems.

Furthermore, Microsoft have prohibited distributing winhelp viewer and have advised that users should instead download the viewer from the Microsoft download Centre.

LANSA’s planned support for the Vista operating system is outlined in Vista support in LANSA.