Full format name of files that use HL$ extension is MS-DOS Compressed Help. Files with HL$ extension may be used by programs distributed for Windows platform. Files with HL$ extension are categorized as Archive Files files. The Archive Files subset comprises 619 various file formats. The most popular software that supports HL$ files is MS-DOS. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theMS-DOS software, but also about HL$ and other supported file formats.
The following listing features HL$-compatible programs. Files with HL$ suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with HL$ extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with HL$ extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with HL$ files.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports HL$ files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the MS-DOS developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support HL$ files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading MS-DOS installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening HL$ files still occur even after installing MS-DOS, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of MS-DOS is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why HL$ files are not compatible with MS-DOS. The latest version of MS-DOS should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
After installing MS-DOS (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open HL$ files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the HL$ file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the HL$ is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the HL$ file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the HL$ file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.
If you obtained the problematic HL$ file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the HL$ file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the MS-DOS Compressed Help file again.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with HL$ extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with MS-DOS Compressed Help file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with HL$ files affecting older versions of given software.
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