File Extension HLP

.HLP File

File extension: HLP
File type: Help File


Notes about the HLP file extension:



Incorrect file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your PC system. As such it is highly recommended to scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other unfavourable system settings to identify slowdown issues.

The HLP file type is primarily associated with 'Windows' by Microsoft Corporation. If your HLP file extension association has been disabled, see the Associated Links for a possible fix. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension.

Detailed information for file extension HLP:


Primary association: Windows
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Mime type: application/winhlp, application/x-helpfile, application/x-winhelp, zz-application/zz-winassoc-hlp
Identifying characters Hex: 3F 5F 03 00 , ASCII: ?_
Program ID: helpfile , hlpfile
Related links: Microsoft User Assistance Information, XP File Association Fixes, File Format

Other applications associated with file type HLP:

  • Advisor (Help File) by Microsoft CorporationAn old Help file format from Microsoft, mostly used on their development tools. The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 4C 4E 02 00 , ASCII: LN
  • HP-95LX Help File
  • Stata Statistical Software (Help File) by Stata CorporationText files whose format predates Windows. Stata .HLP files are text files with a specialized form of markup in them that allows them to be used across platforms (Windows, Mac, and UNIX) and to be edited and extended by Stata users. This association is classified as Text.
  • UNIX (Help File)Typically lower case on *nix systems.
  • Unknown Apple II File ((found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom))
File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on FILExt.com are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database




Important: Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC. It is highly recommended that you scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other slowdown issues.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .HLP

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: helpfile, FileType: Help File, AppName: Windows Winhlp32 Stub
EXEFile: winhlp32.exe

ProgramID: hlpfile, FileType: Help File, AppName: Windows Winhlp32 Stub
EXEFile: winhlp32.exe

ProgramID: hlpfile, FileType: Help File, AppName: WinHelp
EXEFile: winhlp32.exe

ProgramID: hlpfile
EXEFile: %SystemRoot%\System32\winhlp32.exe %1

ProgramID: hlpfile
EXEFile: %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\winhlp32.exe %1

ProgramID: hlpfile
EXEFile: %SystemRoot%\winhlp32.exe %1

ProgramID: hlpfile
EXEFile: WINHELP.EXE %1


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