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    lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Somehow in cleaning out my C Drive - I lost / destroyed "help center.exe"

    There is a file in i386 called HLPCTR.EX_ which probably needs to be decompressed / expanded.

    I searched Windows xp knowledge base for both 'help center.exe and HLPCTR.EX_' with no results.

    Does anyone know how to recreate help center.exe?

    I also lost my quick launch task bar, which I have recreated, but have not been able to find the "icon / symbol" for the desk top to put back in the quick launch task bar.

    If anyone knows how to put the "display desktop icon" back on the quick launch bar, it would really be appreciated.

    Thanks
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    PS I finally recovered 2GB of space on my C Drive

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Tom,
    You might try:

    Start>Run and type " <big>sfc /scannow</big> " ( without the quotes )

    It will look for your XP CD or you can point it to the i386 folder.
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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Also checkout the info at HELP CENTER
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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    You can always use the Windows key + D or Windows key + M to display the desktop.

    To create a shortcut:
    - Start Notepad.
    - Copy/paste the following text into it:
    <code>
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
    </code>
    - Save the file as Show Desktop.scf
    - Drag the file to your Quick Launch toolbar.

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Bob
    Do you know the syntax for pointing the "SFC SCANNOW" to either c:i386 or D:i386

    Tom

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    It involves a registry hack to make it look elsewhere for the i386 folder.


    Look at this article SCANNOW

    About halfway down, there is a paragraph titled "Is there a workaround"? YES!

    If you are comfortable working in the reg, then CAREFULLY follow the instructions, step by step.
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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    I ran scannow and it found the D:i386 folder - after quiet a while it competed with no messages. I guess it ran successfully - at least no messages.

    I am trying to rebuild helpctr.exe. I found HELPCTR.EX_ in the i386 folder.

    I have not been able to find out how to expand the EX_ file - anyone know how to decompress it?

    Tom

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Try
    <code>expand D:i386helpctr.ex_ Cfolderhelpctr.exe</code>

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Select Start | Run...
    Type or copy/paste the following line:
    <code>
    expand D:I386helpctr.ex_ C:WINDOWSPCHealthHelpCtrBinarieshelpctr.exe
    </code>
    Then press Enter or click OK.

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    A little bit of reading here at: EXPAND
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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    I expanded all three of the files
    HELPCTR.EX_ HELPHOST.EX_ and HELPSVC.EX_

    I expanded the second and third file because I continue to get the unable to find helpctr.exe message, at one point in the process - I got a message saying to start the Help and Support Service. One of my reference books says to go into ctl panel - admin tools and double click on the Help and Support process to restart the service.
    I cannot find any Help and Support Service anywhere in ctl panel - admin tools.

    Is there a command line option to restart the Help and Support Service?

    Tom

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    To start the Help and Support service...

    Start > Run > services.msc > OK
    Scroll down the list to find the Help and Support Service and check that it is set to Automatic and is started.

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    I ran services.msc and have been thru each and every service listed in both the Extended and Standard Services - there is nothing named Help Support and Service in either panel. I read each of the descriptions and there was nothing mentioned about help services in any of the descriptions.

    It seems to me that somehow that service has been deleted, but I have no idea how that happened.

    Any ideas about how to reconstruct would be appreciated.

    Tom

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    Re: lost win xp help center (xp sp3)

    Tom,
    There are a couple of suggestions at Kelly's Korner for restoring the Help & Support. Scroll about 1/4 way down the page for them. Click on the "H" at the top of the page to bring you to the proper directory page, first.

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