Tips To Disable Windows Help Pop Up

If you are a new user, you may not know how to browse files or folders in the Windows Explorer. It’s quite simple. Press the F1 key on your computer keyboard. This will result in the launching of the Windows Help program. If you haven’t had much experience with computers, you may accidentally press the key again and again, saying that the window takes a longer time responding, while you are running some programs. But, this wouldn’t accomplish much, and would only become really frustrating over time. Thus, you must learn how to disable the Windows help pop up.

Read on the article.


  • First of all, press the “Windows logo+R” combination. A dialog box titled “Run” will appear on the extreme left bottom of your windows screen. Type in “regedit” in the box. Here, make sure you don’t include the quotation marks. Then, hit the “Ok” button. The registry editor will start loading automatically.
  • In the new window, you will see a list containing “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.” Remember you must click on the “+” sign to open any folder. Now, select “Software”, and a long list will be visible. Choose “Windows” and in it, select “Current versions.” Then, finally open the “App paths” folder.
  • After you have opened the folder, right click on the folder titled “HELPCTR.EXE” and choose “Export.” Upon clicking, a screen will appear where you are required to name the file as “Help Center Backup”. Click on the “Save” button to save your file. You can reverse the changes that you have made to your system by simply double-clicking the file that you have just saved. You must make sure that the “HELPCTR.EXE” is highlighted, upon returning to the registry editor window.
  • In this window, navigate to the “Default” entry and double-click on it. Verify whether the information that appeared on the window under the section “Value data” is “C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\HelpCtr.exe” or not.
  • Under the same section, you are allowed to change the filename to any another name, such as “FakeFile.exe.” Remember, this new filename is of no importance to you at all, but you must make sure that the new filename and the already existing one are not the same. After you have changed the filename, click on the “Ok” button to exit from the registry editor window.

Thus, after following these instructions, Windows help pop up can be easily disabled, even if you accidentally press the F1 key.

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