I need WORDPAD.EXE download please

September 10, 2005 at 16:26:40
Specs: Microsoft Windows 98 SE, etower 466id/192.0MB

I need a WORDPAD.EXE download please.
I accidentally deleted it while trying to repair it through the Add/Remove program.
Many Thanks!!!

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September 10, 2005 at 16:45:20


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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September 10, 2005 at 16:52:57

My W98SE has 7 WordPad files although only 5 appear to be originals (the other two are later). I've emailed the 5 with their locations. I can send the other two if necessary but maybe they are formed when WordPad starts.

If you have a CD you should have been able to Add WordPad using CP/Add-Remove Programs.

Whether adding the files will work depends on the situation in your registry.


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September 10, 2005 at 16:55:47

Sorry, crossed posts with #2. Not sure if that exe sets up WordPad but if it is just a replacement to normal W98SE wordpad.exe then you might need the other files I sent which go with it.


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September 10, 2005 at 17:52:25

Tom, I gather from emails that you think you might now be on route to recovering WordPad.

If you make it, shout back and let the forum know what you did.


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September 11, 2005 at 14:25:48

Thanks to Derek I have a working form of WordPad. Now I need help repairing a problem with it.

In WordPad on the format bar between the color palate and the bullet mark tabs are three tabs for text alignment
(Left Align/Center Align/Right Align).
For some unknown reason it is disabled.

I uninstalled and started reinstalling wordpad and in doing so I purposely skipped all the files it asked me to search just so I could see what files it needed to reinstall wordpad and I found something interesting....

Two files were not found in my computer


Does anyone have those two?

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September 12, 2005 at 00:48:49

They are both on the w98 CD.

If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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September 12, 2005 at 19:22:28

I just found out that my wifes computer came preinstalled with Windows 98 SE with no disc.
I have an etower rebootable disc, but the right combination of files I need to get the glitch out of WordPad are not on it.

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September 13, 2005 at 03:04:09


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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September 13, 2005 at 12:32:00


Sorry, my fault, I should have listed on here all the files that I had already sent Tom by email (I've been AWOL):-

(location c:\program files\accessories

WordPad.chm & WordPad.cnt & WordPad.hlp
(location go in c:\windows\help)

(location in c:\windows\inf)

Write.exe - requested later
(location c:\windows).

The above are all dated as per W98SE original CD files.

These made WordPad work but there was a hang up regarding the three icons relating to text alignment (inoperative).

I then sent the following later date files, some of which were requested because of re-install error messages:

WordPad.ini - possibly related to my own particular WordPad settings but I thought this was worth a try because of its contents.
(location c:\windows)

WordPad.pnf - no idea what this is for
(location c:\windows\inf)

(location c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\textconv)

(location c:\program files\common files\micorosoft shared\textconv).

Both the above files look like text converters but mine was probably Word 2000 and I later heard that Tom only has Word 97. I feel that WordPad should have worked without these.

We also tried uninstall WordPad/Reboot/Install WordPad (with the above files in place).

It seems the text alignment problem still remains. Frankly I have no idea why, so if you can think of anything please say your piece.

Please double check that all the above files are in the locations given. The only other thing I can think of is to temporarily delete WordPad.ini into the recylce bin. Hopefully a new one will arrive when you reboot and start WordPad. This should pick up your settings. If it doesn't arrive then restore my WordPad.ini from the bin.



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September 14, 2005 at 06:11:23

Hi Derek,

No problem.

And no idea what WordPad.pnf is.


You may as well accept the fact that you need a 98se CD.

If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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September 14, 2005 at 10:26:46

Yeah, maybe you need the CD to setup the registry entries as part of the install.


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September 16, 2005 at 05:29:30

M2 & Derek,

Any ideas how to purchase a 98se CD?


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September 16, 2005 at 10:09:18

Never checked it out but I have seen it said on here many times that eBay is a good place to start.

There is just the vague possibility that someone has put the W98CD files in a folder on your HD. Do a search for Win98_30.cab (which is one file out of 102). If you find it then see what else is in the same location and shout back.


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September 16, 2005 at 10:15:42

If you live in a town of any size there's probably plenty lying around in a drawer in a school, hospital, office etc that has long since gone out of service and could be bought for peanuts.

Or check thrift shops, garage sales, flea markets.

Or a PC users' group.

If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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September 17, 2005 at 00:04:35


1. Windows 98SE CDs can be bought on EBAY for a modest price.

Make sure you are buying the W98SE version as there are plenty of W98 versions on sale.

W98 is 'Gold' or 'Standard' or 'Original' or 'FE' (First Edition) - AVOID it.

2.Information on what a .pnf file type is, from Microsoft Glossary


PNF file
"A precompiled INF File. Windows creates a PNF file for each INF file to facilitate efficient processing. A PNF file includes information about the content of the original INF file, as well as the name of the INF file and other file attributes. Setup uses the PNF file instead of the original INF file. If a PNF file does not exist, Setup generates one for the INF file. For vendor-supplied INF files, the information contained in a PNF file also includes the location of the original INF file."

In esssence, it seems to be a basic installation/setup file for a programme. It sounds as if it might be a Microsoft proprietary file type.

Another site states:


- PNF : standalone stream : Bitmap graphics (Portable Network graphics Frame)

- PNF : Windows : Precompiled setup information

Another site that may be of help, but only abbreviates Microsoft's information:


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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September 17, 2005 at 12:13:38

Interesting. One problem in this instance is that we've not actually "installed" WordPad so I'm not sure exactly where we stand with the .pnf file.

I've sent you a registry entry to try (.reg file which contains only standard WordPad settings).

If this fails I wonder whether right clicking WordPad.inf and selecting "install" might help (reboot afterwards). If it is already seen as installed then it might uninstall it. Repeating this should install it again. I'm guessing rather more than usual, so I would have to say "your risk" to this idea.


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