Download HTMLREF.CHM to Fix Errors

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing HTMLREF.CHM files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent HTMLREF.CHM file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

HTMLREF.CHM file Compiled HTML Help. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Office software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of HTMLREF.CHM related errors on your device. You can also download HTMLREF.CHM file compatible with Windows XP, Windows XP devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows XP, Windows XP

File info

General information
File extension CHM
Type Compiled HTML Help
Description Compiled HTML Help
Program Office 2003
Software Office
Author Microsoft
Software version 2003
MIME type application/x-chm
Language cod English (U.S.)

There are various types of errors related to HTMLREF.CHM file. HTMLREF.CHM file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to HTMLREF.CHM file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • HTMLREF.CHM is corrupted
  • HTMLREF.CHM cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - HTMLREF.CHM
  • HTMLREF.CHM file error
  • HTMLREF.CHM file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register HTMLREF.CHM file:
  • HTMLREF.CHM file could not be loaded
  • HTMLREF.CHM file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because HTMLREF.CHM file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to HTMLREF.CHM can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing HTMLREF.CHM file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

HTMLREF.CHM file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with HTMLREF.CHM file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to HTMLREF.CHM file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of HTMLREF.CHM or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to HTMLREF.CHM file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the HTMLREF.CHM file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the HTMLREF.CHM file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the HTMLREF.CHM file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace HTMLREF.CHM file

The last solution is to manually download and replace HTMLREF.CHM file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded HTMLREF.CHM file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of HTMLREF.CHM file example directory paths.

  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\1033\
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\1033\

If the steps did not solve your HTMLREF.CHM file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

System Windows XP
File size 2827646 bytes
Date 2017-05-10
File details
MD5 1d83798daeb9f4fcc284516f4d424972
SHA1 9fbc0fd925d76e93cef7b321b81a721a64ab1a27
SHA256 e0408c9916a12d6cb44102cb0bdb84bc4b4eb57a76bd9a671c537c56bf3c1ef4
CRC32 84b20b4b
Example file location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\1033\
System Windows XP
File size 2543881 bytes
Date 2017-05-10
File details
MD5 6f2e2d1e3f12ecf7186350403983d440
SHA1 c155de872d380eb188fcfcf4af970825ca2093a4
SHA256 0ea295b1785fc90cfcd3735822bd6dd39fed4079a08558ffb0bda30867a0b904
CRC32 f299664c
Example file location C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\1033\