+ 1 Votes Not sure, but you may need a different version of WinHelp32.exe wizard57m-cnet Moderator 1 year ago Since Word 97 was targeted toward Win95/98, the WinHlp32.exe that comes with later versions of Windows might not handle the older format. This is just a best guess. So you might have to find an old Win9X installation and copy the executable.DO NOT OVERWRITE YOUR PRESENT WINHLP32.EXE!! Rename it temporarily to say winhlp32.bak or some such. OR, when you paste in the old winhelp, rename it (the old version) to something like winhlp329x.exe, then launch it by double clicking on it...it SHOULD if all goes well, launch and give a search capability for "help files" then just navigate to the wdmain8.hlp file you have. ps...thought of something else you can try. In your Windows folder,usually C:\Windows, you should have two Windows Help executables,WinHelp.exe and WinHlp32.exe...highlight the WinHelp.exe to start it, then navigate to your Word folder and see if this opens that help file (this one is used for old 16 bit help files).