Friday, October 23, 2015

Asking for .hlp

The package I am currently working on has a .hlp file that needs opening so people can, well, get help.  Now because the .hlp standard is flawed with some insecurities that would allow people to redirect around security to get at stuff, Microsoft decided to only include the executable to read these as an optional extra.

In a .msu file

That only runs when the Windows Update service is running

That service you switch off so you can get a vanilla box to package on


You can switch it on and off. at will, and it seems to work for sliding it into the App-V bubble.  Hooray.

Turn's out this doesn't work.  Will keep this post updated as I look for answers.

I figured it out.  It's a bit of a pa-lava but it's definitely possible to bubble this bad boy.

Grab the .msu from the link. then pop it open using the cmd command

expand F:* windows6.1-KB917607-x86.msu C:\Temp\winhlp32

Now you fire up AppV sequencer and follow the steps below in your bubble

This will grab you a whole directory of joy.   Now you are going to have to do some ownership grabbing of the following files.  If you need help, click here.

  • C:\Windows\winhlp32.exe
  • C:\Windows\System32\ftsrch.dll
  • C:\Windows\EN-US\winhlp32.exe.mui
  • C:\Windows\EN-US\ftsrch.dll.mui

Copy the files below over their counterparts above.

  • C:\Temp\winhlp32\x86_microsoft-windows-winhstb.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_50.1.7600.16386_none_da3d517bf9765116\winhlp32.exe
  • C:\Temp\winhlp32\x86_microsoft-windows-winhstb.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_50.1.7600.16386_none_da3d517bf9765116\ftsrch.dll
  • C:\Temp\winhlp32\x86_microsoft-windows-winhstb.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_50.1.7600.16386_en-us_83921ac31ded8ee9\winhlp32.exe.mui

  • C:\Temp\winhlp32\x86_microsoft-windows-winhstb.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_50.1.7600.16386_en-us_83921ac31ded8ee9\ftsrch.dll.mui
And... now you have help in a bubble.  Standard cleanups apply.

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