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What is hxds.dll?

Part of Microsoft ® Help 2.5 by Microsoft

What is it?

The Microsoft Help 2 reference contains documentation for the Microsoft Help XML markup, project files, and command line programs.
Description of hxds.dll from Microsoft
You can integrate your Help collection with Visual Studio Help collection using the tools provided by HelpStudio Lite. For more information, see Getting Started with Help Content and Integration. You can also integrate your content with Visual Studio Help by using the Help merge modules. This section explains how to use the integration features that are not available through HelpStudio Lite, as well as how to deploy your collection using the Help merge modules.
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How is hxds.dll loaded?

PROTOCOLS handler - hxds.dll is typically associtated with identifier name of ms-help with and identifier of {314111c7-a502-11d2-bbca-00c04f8ec294}. Asynchronous pluggable protocols such as a Protocol Handlers enables applications to create pluggable protocol handlers that work with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Safe for scripting control - hxds.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} with and identifier of CLSID\{31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. Safe for scripting is a Windows policy that disables the Internet Explorer security prompt for Windows Installer scripts. It allows Web-based programs to install software on the computer without notifying the user. By default, when a script hosted by an Internet browser tries to install a program on the system, the system warns users and allows them to select or refuse the installation. This setting suppresses the warning and allows the installation to proceed.
Safe for initializing control - hxds.dll has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294} with and identifier of CLSID\{31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}. When a program is initialized, it can receive data from another program for initializing its state. This is a potential security hazard because the data could come from an untrusted source. Programs that guarantee no security breach regardless of the data source are considered safe for initialization and are registered as such.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the hxds.dll file.Of the 0.4% of hxds.dll users, 12.5% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\microsoft shared\help\hxds.dll

Are there other versions of Microsoft ® Help 2.5?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

File name: hxds.dll
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft ® Help 2.5
Description: Microsoft® Help Data Services Module
Version: 2.05.50727.4039 (QFE.050727-4000)
Product version: 2.05.50727.4039
Size: 856.8 KB
Original file name: HXDS.DLL

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 4/4/2006
Expiration date: 10/4/2007

PROTOCOLS handler details

Name: ms-help
Command: {314111c7-a502-11d2-bbca-00c04f8ec294}

Safe for scripting control details

CLSID: {31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}
Command: CLSID\{31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95801-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Safe for initializing control details

CLSID: {31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}
Command: CLSID\{31411198-A502-11D2-BBCA-00C04F8EC294}\Implemented Categories\{7DD95802-9882-11CF-9FA9-00AA006C42C4}

Image hashes

MD5: 23fdb0c309e188a5e3c767f8fc557d83
SHA-1: 1c5d6cccfd6cb13fe428f38c755047688c1bd56d
SHA-256: 1a0f889ca5ffa151ccd8d4c210682c33c567e20db50e9091e664d9493d2b3980

PE image details

File entropy: 6.49146
File packed: No
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