Where to download win32.hlp?

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Where to download win32.hlp?

Postby nobozoz » Aug 11, 2007 18:04

I use fbedit on win2000. In fbedit, there is a help section reference to win32.hlp. This file isn't supplied with fbedit, so I google for it only to find a zillion confusing references to Borland Delphi 2, PowerBasic, hacker sites, etc. I have seen so-called win32.hlp file dates from 1995, 1997, 2003 and zipped file sizes from ~5 MB, ~8MB, ~16 MB. So, my question is, "Where can I reliably download the most recent and accurate version of WIN32.HLP.

I know about this link:
but i don't always have access to it and would like to have a quick reference to the win32 API available at all times.
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Postby anonymous1337 » Aug 11, 2007 18:06

win32.hlp is the windows help file. I think I recall finding it on my computer somewhere, installed with windows, and it doesn't document the windows API :P
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Postby diffeecult » Aug 11, 2007 18:47

Here's one. But I don't know how up to date it is.

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Postby srvaldez » Aug 11, 2007 18:59

here's another, from a RapidQ site. http://rapidq.phatcode.net/download/index.shtml
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Postby nobozoz » Aug 12, 2007 0:12

diffeecult: Your link seems to be the win95 version of win32.hlp. I think the Borland Delphi 2 version is the same as this.

srvaldez: Your link is more than just win32 api, but pedigree unknown and to which M$ OS it applies unknown.

There is supposedly a win32.hlp file included in fbedit bundle version 2.1, but I haven't been able to complete a successful install to find out what's in there for sure.

I think mingw or maybe Bloodshed included a version of win32.hlp, but I've blown those away just recently, so can't check without a re-install.

I found another win32.hlp file in Borland Delphi (5?) "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland Shared\MSHelp", too. This one is ~24MB in size, but I'm not sure of its pedigree either.

The search continues.
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Postby MichaelW » Aug 12, 2007 1:11

I have multiple versions, and I never use any of them. If you need something recent, why not go with the PSDK? It’s a local install that does not require an Internet connection to work (although it will require one to install, as it’s basically a web install that uses local data). There are multiple versions available, including the one that I use from 2003 that AFAIK is the last one that will work under Windows 9x (as well as under the later versions of Windows):

http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/pla ... k-full.htm
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Postby Sisophon2001 » Aug 12, 2007 1:49

I find the PSDK contains too much information, so I normally use the help files that came with VC++ 6.0 (1998). If that does not have what I want I will check the PSDK (also installed on my hard disk).

You can easily date the help files by looking for the most recent copyright notice. The RapidQ link above is the same help file that comes with MinGWStudio and is from 1996. The version with FBEdit is smaller than this but is also dated 1996.

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Postby ytwinky » Aug 12, 2007 8:08

Why don't you use this one?
(Select Download-1 or Download-2 and enjoy, the program is in english..)

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