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I just installed Delphi 2.0 on my system (P-200 running Windows NT 4.0). I did a standard full installation, using the Borland supplied default directory paths, etc.

Whenever I ask for online help (either context sensitive, or just choosing generic 'help' from the main menu) it tells me it can't find the help files and asks if I want to look them up manually. If I say 'no' then it tells me to reinstall the help files. If I say 'yes' then I can browse to the Delphi help directory (c:\Program Files\Borland\Delphi 2.0\Help) and open the help file it is asking for. The help system will work fine from then on until I close the help window (then it can't find the files again the next time I ask for help).

Do I have to set a path somewhere, or is this a known bug?

I tried running Helpinst.exe (in the Help\Tools dir), opening the delphi.hdx file, setting all the paths to the help dir, and then saving the file. However, when I reopen it I see that my path changes did not get saved to the file.

There is no WinHelp.ini file on my system.

Mike Maurer
Auto-Soft Corp.
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Try using HelpInst program located in Help\Tools directory to open the .hdx file and set the paths.
If not, look in the winhelp.ini file.

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Did this, but helpinst.exe will not save the paths I enter to the  delphi.hdx file, and there is no winhelp.ini file on my system.

Original problem still persists.

Mike Maurer

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From helpinst.exe access 'Search Path' menu option and add all your help files pahts. Then accept ant save.

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Ok, in helpinst.exe I opened the file delphi.hdx, accessed 'Search Path' under the 'Options' menu, set the path to the help directory (it changed the paths from *not found* to the correct directory), and saved the file.

But the 'Save' doesn't work. It asks if I want to overwrite the existing delphi.hdx file and I say yes, and it looks like it writes it out. But then if I run helpinst.exe again and open the same file, all the paths are back to *not found*.

Mike Maurer

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