Thursday, December 29, 2005

Question: My system has no .CHM viewing ability. When i launch a .chm file i either get an application error from the program it relates to, or nothing happens. I believe it has something to do with C:\WINDOWS\hh.exe. Any ideas ?

Answer: One of these suggestions might help.

Clear the Temporary Internet Files

1. Close all Internet Explorer windows.
2. Type INETCPL.CPL in Start, Run dialog
3. Click the Delete Files button
4. Select Delete all offline content and click OK
5. Click OK to close the dialog

Clear the contents of the TEMP folder

Type %TEMP% in Start, Run dialog. Select all files in the Temp folder and delete them. Some files in the TEMP folder may be in use. If so, ignore the error and continue deleting the remaining files in that folder.

Register the core modules using these commands

regsvr32 ole32.dll
regsvr32 hhctrl.ocx
regsvr32 itss.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 mshtml.dll /i
regsvr32 jscript.dll
helpctr.exe -regserver

And another step, suggested by Pete Lees [MVP]

You could try deleting the file hh.dat, which should be in this directory:
%userprofile%\Application Data\Microsoft\HTML Help

Hh.dat is a database file that saves such session information as the window position and favorites for the HTML Help viewer. The database file is automatically updated every time the HTML Help Viewer is used. If the database file does not exist, it is re-created. When updating the HTML Help viewer, the information in Hh.dat is not necessarily compatible with the new viewer, which can cause it to become corrupt.


PRB: HTML Help Viewer Causes Access Violation

PRB: Hh.exe Causes an Access Violation When Opening .chm Files

Reboot, and then try opening a CHM file to test.
Type in Start, Run: %Windir%\Help\access.chm

Friday, October 14, 2005

File names missing in thumbnail view

Question from Denny:

"All of a sudden...only when I am in "thumbnail view" in "my Pictures"...the writing (heading) under each folder is'nt there. The folders are's just that you have to float your cursor over each one so that the title of each one comes up. Once I go into any of the subfolders it's normal and ok. It's just the first "my pictures" main page. If I change view to icons, etc...I do get the headings or titles of the folders...but not in thumbnail view. Wierd huh? I hope you can help me"

Hi Denny,

See Tip #2 in the following page:

Which says:

To turn off filenames, hold down the Shift key when you click to open a folder in Windows Explorer or when you switch into thumbnail view. This will turn of the file names, giving more space for the thumbnails. Doing it again turns them back on.

Hope this helps!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Exe files open with Notepad?


"I am facing a very strange problem. I changed the program associated to a macromedia flash file to Notepad (right click -> properties -> open with -> Notepad) It somehow screwed everything up. Now all applications open on Notepad. Even when I click Internet explorer, a Notepad window opens, nothing works any more. I try to open System Restore and a Notepad window opens. Here is a screenshot."

Using the Open-with option for executables is not really needed. The accidental changes that you've made is revertable by altering the registry. I've written a tutorial here which explains how to overcome this problem.

.EXE files always open with Notepad or any other application ?

I hope this helps.

Friday, October 07, 2005

.DAT file association in Windows XP


My .dat files have somehow become associated with Nero. How can I remove the
association and have the files with no associated program as it was originally.

Actually, .DAT files can be anything (video, data file or something else.) By default, .dat files are not associated with any application. If you've accidentally associated .DAT files with Nero or Windows Media Player, you can reset the associations to defaults.

Click Start, Run and type this:

reg delete HKCR\.DAT /ve /f