Solved WordPad.exe doesn't find RichEdit under Windows 95

May 9, 2012 at 11:03:53
Specs: Windows 95 , pentium mmx/64 MB
When a file is too large for notepad.exe, the system asks to use WordPad. After the yes, an error displays for the RichEdit can not be found, and riched32.dll doesn't work or is corrupted.

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May 9, 2012 at 12:49:59
If you can find a replacement file - see what happens. I do not think riched32.dll is public domain file, but I am sure it can be found for personal backup purposes.

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May 9, 2012 at 21:02:23
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See here:

Out of memory error message using the Rich Textbox control:

"A version of the Riched32.dll file that is not redistributable is installed on the computer. Riched32.dll may not be distributed because it requires files that are only installed by Microsoft Exchange. Because the Riched32.dll file is a shared component, this problem may occur when you use an application that is installed correctly."

Microsoft has created an application that installs the correct version of the Riched32.dll file on the target system.

"The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Download the Richedfx.exe package now. (

Release Date: August 25, 1999"

Post back and let us know if this solved your problem.

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May 10, 2012 at 23:45:24
Had something similar happening on a 95 box way, way back. Turns out the real problem was that wordpad just wasn't installed at ALL. Simple enough, it's in Add/Remove Programs| Windows Setup tab| Accessories and you'll need your Windows 95 installation CD or location of file cache of same cab files if this is the problem.

Notepad seems to suggest using Wordpad on too large files whether it's there or not. Stranger things have happend.


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