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Old 02-28-2007
SuperNews
 

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Modifying system directory files
Is it possible for a user (the administrator) to delete or overwrite files
in
the \windows and \windows\system32 directories? I want to copy winhlp32.exe
from XP over the stub that Microsoft thoughtfully provided so that we cannot
look at old .hlp files on Vista. Every attempt I make is refused... what is
the
secret to allow people to control their own machines?


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Old 02-28-2007
Ronnie Vernon MVP
 

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Re: Modifying system directory files
Microsoft is working on a solution for this problem. See the following
article.

Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) is no longer included with Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607/en-us

If you want to view the help file for an older program, go to Program Files
and look for the *.chm file for that programs help. Double click the file to
open.

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"SuperNews" <comaxis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Is it possible for a user (the administrator) to delete or overwrite files
> in
> the \windows and \windows\system32 directories? I want to copy
> winhlp32.exe
> from XP over the stub that Microsoft thoughtfully provided so that we
> cannot
> look at old .hlp files on Vista. Every attempt I make is refused... what
> is the
> secret to allow people to control their own machines?
>
>


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Old 02-28-2007
cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)
 

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Re: Modifying system directory files
On Fri, 16 Feb 2007 13:07:37 -0800, "Ronnie Vernon MVP"

>Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) is no longer included with Windows:


>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607/en-us


Interesting quotes:

"However, the Windows Help program has not had a major update
for many releases and no longer meets Microsoft standards."

"The WinHelp.exe program will continue to be included with Windows"

Interesting that the older Win16 Help engine meets Vista-era quality
standards, whereas the newer Win32 Help engine does not?

Is this because Win16 Help is safer by design, in that it doesn't
offer the facility to launch code?

It sounds as if the Win32 Help engine isn't just having its teeth
pulled, but may be being re-validated for unchecked buffers etc.

>If you want to view the help file for an older program, go to Program Files
>and look for the *.chm file for that programs help. Double click the file to
>open.


Old apps that use .HLP are unlikely to have .CHM as well.



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