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    Platform SDK docs

    Hey, I downloaded MS's platform sdk and installed it. While it works all hunky dory for compiling/linking purposes, I'm having some troubles viewing the docs: WinXP doesn't know how to read the format. I have a bunch of .hxt, .hxi, .hxq, and .hxs files in the Help folder, which the OS identifiy as table of content files, help definition files, compiled help files, and whatnot.. but then it can't figure out how to open it. Can anyone help me out here?
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    They are viewed with dexplore. Depending on which version of the SDK you donwloaded, one of these shortcuts should work.
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    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\help\dexplore.exe" /helpcol ms-help://MS.PSDK.1033
    Start In: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDK\Help\"
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    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\help\dexplore.exe" /helpcol ms-help://MS.PSDKXPSP2.1033
    Start In: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK for Windows XP SP2\Help\"

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    Thanks the first one worked. But how do you know what the "ms-help://MS.PSDK.1033" part should be?
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    I think the shortcut must have been included with the SDK, but you can find a list of installed help collections under:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSDN\7.0\Help

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    >>the shortcut must have been included with the SDK
    Ooops. My bad, there was one in the start menu I was searching in the program folder for a .hlp file.

    >>but you can find a list of installed help collections under:
    Interesting. I have MSDN 7.0 and 8.0 categories; but I have MSDN 6.0 from MSVC 6, and I don't have VC.NET (-> MSDN 7.0?). And it doesn't appear under 8.0.
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