Problem: ArcMap help menu crashes


When opening the help menu in ArcMap, the menu crashes and does not allow the user to view the help documents.


The help files must be re-registered.

Solution or Workaround

Re-register the help files by following the steps below.

The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary.

Esri cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions; therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. In the Run box, type cmd.
  3. In the cmd window, type the following:
regsvr32 C:\windows\system32\hhctrl.ocx
Press Enter.
regsvr32 C:\windows\system32\itss.dll
Press Enter.
  1. Close the cmd window.