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Month of July, 2007

Vista: How to replace Notepad

Oh my, it's been so long since my last post. Since beginning to learn playing the piano about 8 weeks ago, I unknowingly shut down my blogging activities. Well, let's restart this blog with a small Vista centered post.

I guess most of you will agree, that the integrated Notepad isn't really the big bang, right? App. 3 years ago Roland blogged about replacing the standard Notepad with the really nice Notepad2 in Windows XP SP2. Today I will show you how to do that in Windows Vista.

How-To

Notepad.exe resides in two places:

  • c:\windows
  • c:\windows\system32

You have to replace it at both locations performing the following steps:

  • Make sure that you are logged in with an Administrator account
  • Change the owner to the current account or the Administrators group
    • Right click on notepad.exe
    • Select Properties
    • Select Security tab
    • Click on Advanced
    • Select Owner tab
    • Click Edit
    • Select the current user or the Administrators group in the Change owner to list
    • Close all dialogs with OK
  • Set Full control rights to the current account or the Administrators group
    • Right click on notepad.exe
    • Select Properties
    • Select Security tab
    • Click on Edit
    • Select the current user or the Administrators group in the Group or user names list
    • Activate the Full control Checkbox in the Permissions for Administrators list
    • Close all dialogs with OK
  • Rename notepad2.exe to notepad.exe and replace the standard notepad.exe by overwriting it
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