Cannot open Notepad (WinXP)

January 24, 2011 at 04:52:32
Specs: Windows XP
The other day I installed Notepad++ onto my work PC (Win XP SP 3).

When I installed it, there was an option to replace Notepad. I accidentally ticked it, not realising what it did! Silly, I know.

After that, I cannot open the standard Windows Notepad, by any route:

1. Start > Run > Notepad
2. Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad
3. Going to c:\windows\system32\ and double clicking on Notepad
4. From IE, going to View > Source

Each time, I get this error:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\notepad.exe
The specified path does not exist
Check the path, and then try again.

I have posted a q. on the Notepad++ forum:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/no...

But have had nothing through. I've checked the Notepad++ wiki and documentation, nothing there either.

I'd like to undo my silly mistake, but I don't know where to start. It seems like I've fairly fundamentally screwed up Notepad on this PC.

Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks!


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#1
January 24, 2011 at 05:53:18
Have you tried right clicking on the notepad shortcut....then go down to properties.

Sounds like you need to re-find the target,


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#2
January 24, 2011 at 05:57:49
Thanks for the reply.

I just tried that - the shortcut points to:

%SystemRoot%\system32\notepad.exe

Notepad IS in that location. I can confirm by going to %SystemRoot%\system32\ and can see Notepad.exe there. Double clicking on Notepad.exe throws the error.

It's a strange one!

Thanks


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#3
January 24, 2011 at 06:51:25
u20110124, You may need to replace that copy in your System32 folder and you also need to place a copy of Notepad.exe into your C:\Windows folder if you're using Windows XP. Go to the link below and scroll down to line 326 (left column) and click on "Restore Notepad.exe" to download the zip file. Unzip it and place a copy of notepad.exe into your C:\Windows and your C:\Windows\System32 folders. Files from this site are safe to download but if your leary just virus scan the file. The site is probably the most respected XP site on the Internet.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Tufenuf


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#4
January 24, 2011 at 07:31:46
Thanks for the update. I downloaded the file, scanned with McAfee, and it deleted the Notepad.exe, said it was detected as "Generic BackDoor!cqf".

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#5
January 24, 2011 at 07:47:21
u20110124, I downloaded that notepad.exe from Kellys and it's clean. I scanned it with my anti-virus, malwarebytes and super anti spyware programs. That site wouldn't have virus infected files available for download as it's a trustworty site.

Tufenuf


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#6
January 24, 2011 at 07:50:07
Thanks for the reply. I guess as I'm at work I'm scared of doing anything that'll get me into trouble. Maybe I'd best leave it and put up with the error message.

I'm put of using Notepad++ though - seems like a v. invasive change.

Thanks again for your help - I didn't intend to appear grumpy in my reply.

Thanks!


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#7
January 24, 2011 at 08:39:20
"I'm at work I'm scared of doing anything that'll get me into trouble"

Sounds like you're already in trouble. Did you have permission to install notepad++?

Go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. On the left side, click Add/Remove Windows Components. Find Notepad on the list & reinstall it.


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#8
January 24, 2011 at 13:15:22
Ha ha, yes, you're right, I am in trouble.

I do have admin rights on the pc, so was okay to install Notepad++. Others in the office have 3rd party text editors, but it seems I screwed up the install by replacing Notepad.

I had a look at the Windows Components option as suggested - thanks. However, when I drill down into Accessories, Notepad isn't listed! Other things are, like Paint, Character Map etc, but not Notepad!

Thanks


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#9
January 24, 2011 at 14:51:42
u20110124, The instructions I posted in my Reply #3 may very well correct your problem.

Tufenuf


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