The Help Library Manager page allows you to perform install/uninstall tests on your help file.
Alternatively open the MS Help Manager apps (see Visual Studio help menu) using the links provided.
VS 2010 and VS 2012 now have different run-time executables, and slightly different command line parameters.So first off choose a help viewer to work with.
HelpLibManager.exe is the application that installs our help. It requires a minimum of 3 arguments (Product+Version+Locale). These 3 elements define a help catalog. For version 1 the only catalog on most PCs will be Visual Studio 2010 help (VS+100+en-us).
You can create your own catalog by simply entering something other than VS+100+en-us.
Every time a new catalog is created the Microsoft "Help on Help" book is automatically added to that catalog.
In HV1 if you open a catalog ACME_APP+100+en then the HelpLibManager.exe application will allow you to view and uninstall books from that catalog. To view the catalog simply run HlpViewer.exe and specify the catalog on the command line (or click the link provided).
HlpCtntMgr.exe is the background application that installs our help. It requires a minimum of 2 arguments (Catalog+Locale). These 2 elements define a help catalog. For version 2 the Visual Studio 2012 English help is called VisualStudio11+en-us.
In HV2 you can now create your own custom collection at any location you like. However there is small bit of worked required to create the catalog and also register it so it can be viewed by the VS Help Viewer.
However for most of our work we just want to install into the VS 2012 catalog "VisualStudio11+locale" which is already set up and registered with the help viewer.