The March 2004 CTP release of Whidbey shipped with a configuration error that keeps local help search from working correctly.  Here is the necessary info to fix the problem and enable local help search and local F1 functionality.  Note: Online F1 and Online Search are not working in this release.  Online Search and F1 will be enabled in the next CPT release.

**This fix applies to the March 2004 Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) Community Technology Preview Only.**

Create the file “OnlineProviders.xml“

  1. Select the xml text below
  2. Copy and paste it into Notepad
  3. Save the file as “OnlineProviders.xml“

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Copy the “OnlineProviders.xml” file to the proper locations

1. Copy the file OnlineProviders.xml to C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Help\OnlineProviders.xml
2. Copy the file OnlineProviders.xml to C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\MSDN\8.0\Help\OnlineProviders.xml
3. Open the Visual Studio IDE
4. Go to the Tools/Options/Help/Online dialog
5. Verify that "Use Online Help" is *unchecked*
6. Verify that only "Local Help" is checked in the Online Sources list.
7. Verify that only "Local Help" is checked in the Search Providers list.
8. Click <ok> to exit from the tools/options dialog.
9. Shut down and restart Visual Studio and/or MSDN.

Local Help search should now work properly.  Online F1 and Online Search do not work in this release.

Please report any problems in Beta place or post questions here.