Not only that, but MS stopped support  for the 32-bit help viewer. (
However, they do still distribute it <>  ,
albeit with some fairly scary warnings.

There is an alternative viewer: Help Explorer Viewer
(<> )

Grant Hogarth

> On November 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM Robert Lauriston <> wrote:
> There's no free runtime help viewer? That would explain why no one
> uses that format.
> On Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM, Fei Min Lorente
> <> wrote:
> > We’ve been in touch with Rob Chandler (creator of mshcMigrate) and he’s
> > helped us realize that I might have been describing our challenge
> > incorrectly. The developers are using VS 2010 to create an application that
> > will run independently from Visual Studio, using .NET 4.0 as the framework.
> > From everything we’ve read, it seems that MS Help Viewer only works if
> > Visual Studio is installed; is that right?

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