Aimless links in Win32.hlp

Does I have an invalid version of the Win32.hlp? Many topics are not available. For example this one:

link: Toolbar Button States
==> MessageBox: This topic is not available. (Error 129)

Please try this link in your Win32.hlp
If there doesn't appear a messagebox could you please post me a link to this site where you've downloaded it?

Thank you, Marwin
Posted on 2002-07-17 13:12:18 by Marwin
AFAIK there is an incomplete version of win32.hlp. the incomplete one is about 10MB big, and the original and correct one about 20.. but i'm not really sure..

Posted on 2002-07-17 13:52:06 by NOP-erator

17.07.2001 02:34 24.804.587 WIN32.HLP

But better get the PlatformSDK... its a much more complete Reference!
Posted on 2002-07-17 14:30:14 by bazik
is there a direct download link?

thx, bye
Posted on 2002-07-17 14:33:27 by NOP-erator
For the PlatformSDK or the Win32.hlp ?

For the SDK, *please* search the Board!
This Topic was discussed multiple times.

For the Win32.hlp... let me search....
Posted on 2002-07-17 14:36:15 by bazik
My one is about 20 MB !! So it could not be the incomplete version.
Do you have the same error ??
Posted on 2002-07-17 14:39:19 by Marwin

My one is about 20 MB !! So it could not be the incomplete version.
Do you have the same error ??

Posted on 2002-07-17 14:53:36 by bazik
Marwin's subject:
To NOP-erator

hey bazik,
is it possible to rent you? ;)
you're replying for me.. thank you very much :alright:

Posted on 2002-07-17 14:55:58 by NOP-erator
d**n, i can't find a download link for the platform sdk/ msdn library (what's the difference??)... just found a link to order the msdn library on cd-rom..

bazik.. please.. help me! :grin: :tongue:
then you'll be my personal hero! :alright:


Posted on 2002-07-17 15:01:10 by NOP-erator
Oh yeah, the search engine is that hard to use....
Posted on 2002-07-17 15:11:56 by bazik
ok, sorry bazik, it's my fault, i searched for "platform sdk" and found nothing of use.. and this platform sdk active x update or something made me suspicious..

thanks anyways..

Posted on 2002-07-17 15:19:51 by NOP-erator
that activex will determine if you have already installed the PSDK. Don't worry. ;)
Posted on 2002-07-17 15:21:17 by stryker
muahahaha.. platform sdk is mine..
the windows sdk with all the components takes 690 MB on disk.. but i still have to run setup.. however.. have fun, and thanks..

Posted on 2002-07-17 16:15:32 by NOP-erator
There is win32.hlp somewhere on So look around there... :)
Posted on 2002-07-17 20:45:14 by comrade

My one is about 20 MB !! So it could not be the incomplete version.
Do you have the same error ??

win32.hlp is old and outdated...

PSDN vs MSDN... PSDK is only a part of MSDN, MSDN includes stuff like
technical articles, VC++ library help, VB++ help, etc...

win32.hlp sucks. PlatformSDK rocks. Late stuff from sucks :(.
Posted on 2002-07-17 21:33:05 by f0dder
win32.hlp takes a second to load and same goes for its topics. MSDN Library and its bloated HTML Help interface make it unusable on this this machine. The choice is obvious for me and other people on older systems.
Posted on 2002-07-18 00:44:01 by comrade
There is only one solution, write a letter to BILL and tell him you are not happy with one of the early releases of win32.hlp. It may not be wise to hold your breath waiting for a response as BILL would prefer that you BUY the XP version and use .NET.

You guys must be getting your versions from the ARK, I have a set of help files from BCB3 that total 29.4 meg and it does most stuff. For later stuff, use MSDN or the PLATFORMSDK. Both are bloated bags of HTML crap with the usual gaggle of junk, VB, ACCESS, MFC and the like but if you search long enough, you can usually find the PLATFORMSDK stuff that is useful in win32.

Posted on 2002-07-18 05:58:14 by hutch--
The reason why i don't like to use is that to find something related to one specific win32 api is like looking for fishs in the muddy water. That place is junk with VB, access, MFC, maybe something related to windows CE.
Posted on 2002-07-18 07:23:05 by roticv
roticv, learn to use it properly then :). Choose advanced search, clear all,
and check only the stuff you want to search through.

Furthermore, as far as I remember, the PSDK downloads don't include all
the VB and access and whatever stuff - that's the full MSDN package.
Posted on 2002-07-18 07:49:32 by f0dder
I downloaded the full msdn package and burnt it on a cd.;) But I use the win32.hlp for most of my codings.
Posted on 2002-07-18 07:57:07 by roticv