Sunday, June 30, 2013

Disable Windows Help on Windows 7 and 8

help2What’s the most annoying thing on Windows? You said it, hitting the F1 button and seeing the Help window appear. Which, let’s be realistic, no one uses, no one reads, and everyone curse when appears. If some of you are used to tweak your Windows, you should remember that on Windows XP there was the “Help and Support” service, by disabling it the Help window will never appear again… sadly in recent versions of the OS this is no longer the case.

That’s why we most go deeper, into the root of this evil and remove it completely. It’s located on C:\Windows under the name of HelpPane.exe. Just change the name to something else, it won’t bother you again.


Now, two things to consider here:

  1. If you are not able to change the name of this file (system protected), use Unlocker.
  2. When changing the name, keep it similar to the original. Add something at the beginning (like the image) or add a .old at the end.

Changing the name back will bring the help back with any issue whatsoever.

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