Help and Support Center
|Component of Microsoft Windows|
|Introduced in||Windows 3.0 (Windows Help)|
Windows Me build 2358 (Help and Support Center)
In MS-DOS[edit | edit source]
Help first started with a basic command on MS-DOS that shows the commands list and how to use them with parameters.
In Windows[edit | edit source]
In Windows, the Help application is present, called Windows Help (WinHelp.exe) in Windows 3.0 to Windows 2000, which got reincarnated to Help and Support Center (HelpCtr.exe) in Windows Me build 2358 under the name Help Center as a part of the Activity Centers (the old Help application was kept for compatibility purposes). Both help applications include tutorials to help the user get started with using the computer. The app would receive an overhaul in Windows Vista (HelpPane.exe) and be discontinued with Windows 10's release. Attempting to open HelpPane.exe there will open up Microsoft Edge with the Microsoft Support website (https://support.microsoft.com).
Location[edit | edit source]
In Windows 10, open up an Explorer window and click on the question mark symbol.
The user can press F1 in most cases, but sometimes it takes the user to the application's help itself.
Index[edit | edit source]
All versions of Help and Support Center since Windows 3.0 have a search index in which the user can use to find a topic they are looking for.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
WinHelp[edit | edit source]
Windows Me[edit | edit source]
Windows XP[edit | edit source]
Home page (Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005)