In Windows Operating Systems, there is a dedicated key to launch Windows Help. Press F1 on your keyboard and the Windows Help Program will pop-up. There are advantages and disadvantages with this Help Program. The advantage is that it helps you locate useful information instantly while executing certain programs. The disadvantage is that it will pop-up the Help Program every time you accidently hit F1 on your keyboard. If you don’t find Win Help Program useful, or if you don’t want it to appear when you press the F1 key accidently, you can disable it. Follow the below instructions.
- Go to the Start menu and select the Run option from the resulting menu.
- Enter regedit in the text field of the Run dialogue box.
- Press the Enter button to proceed. This will launch Windows Registry Editor on your desktop.
- Go to the left pane in the Windows Registry Editor window and press the + icon.
- Browse to the following Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>App Paths.
- Locate HELPCTR.EXE folder and right-click it and select Export from the resulting dropdown menu. This folder can be found under App Paths.
- When you are prompted to choose the location to export the file, browse to the desktop. Ensure that the file is named as Help Centre Backup.
- After that, press the Save button to save the file.
- Now, go to the right pane of the Windows Registry Editor screen and double-click the Default. Verify that the information listed underneath Value Data in the window is C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\HelpCtr.exe.
- Rename the file titled HelpCtr.exe (which is located under Value Data) to wrongfile.exe or anything like that. The purpose of renaming the file is to ensure that there is no backup file in the same name of the actual file.
- Save the changes you have made in the Windows Registry Editor by pressing the OK button. Exit the Registry Editor.
- Now, press F1 key on your keyboard to ensure that Windows Help Program is no longer launched when you press on the F1 button accidently.
You have successfully disabled the Win Help pop-up in your Windows PC. If you want to enable Win Help pop-up in future, you can do so at any time without any problem. For more information on the same or anything related to Win Help Program, get in touch with the Windows support desk.