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UlrichKulle-9005 asked karenpayneoregon commented

HTMLHelp Workshop - download for CHM compiler installation failed

Searching for HTML Help Workshop on https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/search?q=HTML+Help+Workshop gives back a link list and the first link is leading to Microsoft HTML Help Downloads.

So, there is a misleading note (running one into a loop) on top back to the download Center "All HTML Help downloads are now available from the Microsoft.com Download Center.", where HTMLHelp.exe download and zipped docs cannot be found.

But, the really problem are broken links for the HTML Help Workshop including the CHM compiler. Generating CHM's as an only working Windows application help is not possible for developers when e.g. a new environment must be setup.

The compiler for CHM files is still needed after more than 20 years, because no replacement for CHM help files has been provided by Microsoft.

The files should be made available in the Download Center.

Where can the HTML Help Workshop and documentation be downloaded?

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Best regards
Ulrich [Microsoft Help MVP 2007-2009]

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Castorix31 answered MikeFeng-8559 published

You can get files from MSDN archives =>

Download Htmlhelp.exe

Download HelpDocs.zip


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thank you so much, help a ton

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Yaroslav-2894 answered

Castorix31, thanks for information, I downloaded these files (release of 2000) too.

Of course this is a workaround (deep thanks to Wayback Machine), but not a real solution. Can the support staff to eventually fix this obvious problem or, contrary, they want us to forget about HTML Help and whole Win32 programming ASAP?

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Feedback333-1625 answered karenpayneoregon commented

I just tried to download.
It is still a dead link...

You should either provide a new tool or grant access to the old software.
Please fix the broken link!

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The archived links still work...

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A better tool is Sandcastle.


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