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Should I remove Microsoft Help Viewer?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #646
United States Rank #831
Reach 1.0493%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.32 days
510.95 days >
Average installed length: 268.47 days


1.1.40219 99.98%
1.1.31118 0.02%

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Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1

What is Microsoft Help Viewer?

Microsoft Help Viewer is the offline help system (local help) developed by Microsoft that ships with Visual Studio. The user experience for Microsoft Help Viewer 1.x is that topics can be viewed in any installed web browser – a separate application, such as the Microsoft Document Explorer included with Microsoft Help 2, is not necessary. The browser-based model is meant to provide a more lightweight navigation, downloading, and reading experience than earlier help-viewer models.


The most used version is 1.1.40219, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The main program executable is HelpLibAgent.exe. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 64.96 MB (68,120,314 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

Help link: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133405
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Help Viewer\v1.0\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Help Viewer\v1.0\Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1\install.exe
Estimated size: 64.96 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1

Program executable:HelpLibAgent.exe
Name:Microsoft Help Viewer
Path:C:\Program Files\Microsoft Help Viewer\v1.0\HelpLibAgent.exe
Microsoft Help System is the end-to-end help system for content served from MSDN Online or content that you have installed locally. You can use your favorite web browser to view help content online or the Local Help Viewer to view local...
Additional files:
  • HelpLibAgent.exe - Microsoft Help Viewer
  • HelpLibManager.exe
  • HlpViewer.exe
  • Microsoft.Help.dll
  • vHelpLibAgent.exe
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:53.74 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0000432144%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00001256%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00003065%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:10,770,436
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:2.72 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:42 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Microsoft Help Viewer?

You can uninstall Microsoft Help Viewer from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft Help Viewer 1.1, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft Help Viewer.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.76%
Windows 10 32.99%
Windows Vista 2.46%
Windows XP 1.73%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 23.64%
Windows 7 Professional 19.45%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.99%
Windows 10 Pro 6.30%
Windows 10 Home 6.12%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.13% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.13%
  Germany 5.19%
  United Kingdom 4.45%
  France 3.90%
  Italy 3.21%
  Canada 2.96%
  India 2.23%
  Brazil 1.99%
  Netherlands 1.96%
  Australia 1.67%
  Japan 1.50%
  Israel 1.23%
  Belgium 1.20%
  Spain 1.17%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 28.11%
Hewlett-Packard 24.55%
ASUS 11.78%
Acer 11.50%
Lenovo 5.25%
Toshiba 4.43%
Samsung 3.33%
Intel 2.55%
MSI 0.86%
Alienware 0.68%
Apple 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.39%
ASUS All Series 4.81%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.48%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.85%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.86%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.25%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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