How to Download and Fix winhlp32.cnt?

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

winhlp32.cnt file Help Contents. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of winhlp32.cnt related errors on your device. You can also download winhlp32.cnt file compatible with Windows XP devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename winhlp32.cnt
File extension CNT
Type System
Description Help Contents
Program Windows XP
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version XP
File size 69
Oldest file 2008-04-14
Latest file 2008-04-14

There are various types of errors related to winhlp32.cnt file. winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • winhlp32.cnt is corrupted
  • winhlp32.cnt cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - winhlp32.cnt
  • winhlp32.cnt file error
  • winhlp32.cnt file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register winhlp32.cnt file:
  • winhlp32.cnt file could not be loaded
  • winhlp32.cnt file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because winhlp32.cnt file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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.

winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt file

The last solution is to manually download and replace winhlp32.cnt 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 winhlp32.cnt file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of winhlp32.cnt file example directory paths.

  • Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS\Help\

If the steps did not solve your winhlp32.cnt 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

Filename winhlp32.cnt
System Windows XP
File size 69 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 d117fe38d82f457d05ea9bb12f763eb4
SHA1 70ebed413196390a81633105fb7ccc00eac9ec15
SHA256 8df96f769615efcc3fbc8b39cfc0c609251d802c45ebfd2d3d8ce9e127475b76
CRC32 beb7e150
Example file location C:\WINDOWS\Help\