mshcMigrate - Migrate to VS 2010\2012\2013\2014 Help Viewer help


Help Migration Tool. Migrate HTML folders, .CHM, .HxS, files and project files to VS 2010\2012\2013\2014 Offline Help.

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by CaBe from HB | March 20 2014

Dear Rob,

Trying to become more experienced using the Help 3 format, I installed a test version ( of the mshcMigrate tool. It runs, even I actually do not understand the output, as I cannot open any file to be displayed in the HelpViewer 2.x of my Win7 system.
Your tool consists of several wizard pages that unfortunately do not rescale, when larger input fields are displayed. I often need to resize the program box without having information that some more items may be filled in the unvisible area.
I hope that you will develop further.
Thanks for now.
CaBe from HB

Rob Chandler [Help MVP] March 24 2014
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Hi CaBe
Not sure what's happening there.
If you can help sort this out together I would appreciated it. Sounds like you maybe running Windows large fonts and one of the newer screens is being forced out of view. Please email me details (inc. screen shots) to and I'd like to help sort this so that you and others can have a better experience. Thanks - Rob

PS. MS Help 2 does have a small learning curve but sounds like this one maybe my problem apologies.

by fnqbruce | December 16 2012

It Just Works.
What more is needed?

by Ed Price - MSFT | June 04 2011

by Mbah | May 04 2011

This is a fantastic tool, painless and more than easy migration tool from VS 2005/2008 to VS2010 Help file converter. I would not waste my time researching for anything of how or what to do in order to view my HxS Help file in VS2010. This tool can do it for you while are you are in a state of sleep, meaning that it can't be easier to migrate your help files from previous formats to the format viewable in VS 2010. I definitely recommand it 100%/100%

Mamadou Bah
Software Developer and SDK specialist for Altec Products Inc.

by Dzmuh | February 12 2011

by Kirill Osenkov - MSFT | July 12 2010

by Jeremy H Griffith | July 11 2010

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  • Help 2 not installed in Windows 8.1
    2 Posts | Last post December 28, 2013
    • I have a problem running the tool on my Windows 8.1 Pro. It complains about missing Help 2. Is there any way how to have it without the need of installing VS 2008 or something similar?
    • Hi Rex
      So mshcMigrate only needs MS Help 2 installed if it has to use the H2 API to read the contents of .HxS files. If you have the uncompiled source files MS Help 2 is not required at all. So you could uncompile the HxS first.
      email me if you want to discuss further