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HP_ File Extension

Compressed WinHelp Data Format

What is HP_ file?

HP_ filename suffix is mostly used for Compressed WinHelp Data Format files. HP_ files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. HP_ file format, along with 230 other file formats, belongs to the Compressed Files category. Microsoft Windows Help is by far the most used program for working with HP_ files. Software named Microsoft Windows Help was created by Microsoft Corporation. In order to find more detailed information on the software and HP_ files, check the developer’s official website.

Programs which support HP_ file extension

Programs that can handle HP_ files are as follows. Files with HP_ extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support HP_ file

Updated: 02/28/2021

How to open file with HP_ extension?

Problems with accessing HP_ may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with HP_ extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Microsoft Windows Help

Install software to open HP_ file Problems with opening and working with HP_ files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with HP_ files being present on your machine. To address this issue, go to the Microsoft Windows Help developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Windows Help installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Windows Help to the latest version

Update software that support file extension HP_You still cannot access HP_ files although Microsoft Windows Help is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why HP_ files are not compatible with Microsoft Windows Help. The latest version of Microsoft Windows Help should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Windows Help to HP_ files

After installing Microsoft Windows Help (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open HP_ files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with HP_ file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the HP_ file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Windows Help is installed, check the Always use this app to open HP_ files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with HP_ file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with HP_ extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with HP_ extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the HP_ for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper HP_ file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check HP_ file for viruses
1. Check the HP_ file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the HP_ is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the HP_ file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the HP_ file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with HP_ extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Windows Help

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support HP_ files. Close all running programs and try opening the HP_ file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Compressed WinHelp Data Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the HP_ files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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