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Fix documentation problems in Visual Studio 2010

Post by Frank Hileman » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:07 am

To test documentation, open All Programs, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Documentation. Click on the "Library Home" link on the left to bring you to the root of all documentation, whereby Visual Studio documentation is a child. You will see a link on the left hand side. It is not the same as a table of contents, but should be on the left, as a sibling to the Visual Studio documentation.

This works only for locally installed documentation. The 2010 documentation viewer has two modes, locally installed help mode, and online only. The online mode can only show Microsoft content. To change the mode, launch Help Library Manager (HLM) by clicking Start menu, All Programs, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio Tools, Manage Help Settings.

If you do not see a link at "Library Home", the documentation was not installed.

Please open a Visual Studio 2010 command prompt as Administrator: Start Menu, All Programs, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio Tools, Visual Studio Command Prompt (2010). Right click when opening the command prompt, and select "Run as Administrator", on Vista or later operating systems. You need administrator privileges. In the command prompt:

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cd "C:\Program Files\Prodige Software Corporation\ 6\6.2.8009\doc"
This location may differ slightly, because it includes the version number. At that location, enter:

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HelpLibraryManagerLauncher.exe /product "VS" /version "100"/brandingPackage Dev10.mshc /sourceMedia HelpContentSetup.msha
A Help Library Manager window will appear, with the title "Install Content from Disk". For "", click the "Add" link. Then click the "Update" button at the bottom. Click "Yes" for the prompt at the next page (note that Yes and No are reversed from the usual positions). After the library is updated, click the "Finish" button.

You now need to restart the Help Library Agent, if it was running. Look at your taskbar tray icons for one called "Help Library Agent". To exit the application, right-click the tray icon to view the shortcut menu and then click "Exit". The tray application will automatically restart the next time that you access documentation. If you don't see the tray icon, the Help Library Agent was not running, and you don't need to restart it.

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