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Replace native Notepad in Win 8.1

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, it works great on 7 and 8x.


    Quote Originally Posted by Archimede View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe.
    string (REG_SZ) name "Debugger".
    value "path_to_replacementnotepad.exe" /z
    That's also a nice method So basically you don't physically replace the executable, you just "hijack" the path

    Are you using this yourself? If so, does it run smoothly? On which OS?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The easiest is to just replace the file type association for .txt files and whatever other file types you want to open with the other notepad program.
    This appears indeed to be quite an easy solution.

    Are you using this method yourself? If so, does it run smoothly? On which OS?
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I use this method all the time on 7 and 8.1. If the program you want is not automatically presented, you have to navigate to the program files or programs files x86 and pick the .exe of the program you want. Make sure you get the right .exe and not e.g. the uninstaller .exe which some program files also have, LOL.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I use this method all the time on 7 and 8.1. If the program you want is not automatically presented, you have to navigate to the program files or programs files x86 and pick the .exe of the program you want. Make sure you get the right .exe and not e.g. the uninstaller .exe which some program files also have, LOL.
    Yes, I know how to create associations I do that very frequently for some apps that I virtualize and that (for obvious reasons) do not appear among the suitable "open with" options.

    I am very happy to hear that you are satisfied with this solution on Win 8.1 (I am rather new with this OS since I only started using it less than a month ago) and I might very well adopt it... But (no offense) I am rather curious to hear some more comments before making up my mind.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable experience
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    No problem, but the scheme is exactly the same as in Windows 7. In 8.1 I use it mainly to get rid of those new apps. I have my own programs for pictures, music, videos, etc.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The easiest is to just replace the file type association for .txt files and whatever other file types you want to open with the other notepad program.
    Exactly. Quote "You mean which notepad replacement I am currently using or how was the outcome of my procedure to replace the native notepad?"

    I guess I couldn't quite follow the procedure and, in the end, after that input, what you finally used instead of notepad. I have, from time to time, used different "note" pads, and have always used WHS's method. That is possibly why I couldn't understand the hoop jumping - but I probably missed an important consideration?

    It came up recently in another thread:
    Use PowerShell to Add WordPad to Context menu
    Last edited by davehc; 22 Jan 2014 at 01:58.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    No problem, but the scheme is exactly the same as in Windows 7. In 8.1
    Thanks for the additional clarification, friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I use it mainly to get rid of those new apps. I have my own programs for pictures, music, videos, etc.
    I am sooooooooooo toooooooooooootally doing the same as you

    As a matter of fact you might have just convinced me to simply create a set of reg files (just as I have for my virtualized video/audio player or picture viewer) also for Notepad and keep somewhere on the local disk a customized Notepad twin-folder that I can easily switch, say Notepad Lite (and use something like Metapad) and Notepad Pro (and use something like Notepad++).

    Thanks for the inspiration!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1.1


    Editpad Lite
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  9. #19


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by snerd View Post
    Editpad Lite
    EXCELLENT tip, buddy

    Going to play a bit with this interesting tool... Yet another notepad! I guess software developers thrive out of Micro$oft's week points (Notepad being clearly one of them)... I am amazed that Win 8 still sports the same (lousy) Notepad featured in Win 95 (if not earlier)!
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  10. #20


    It might be a point of view.
    Notepad, unadulterated, is about 100% perfect for its purpose. Microsoft probably saw no real reason the change it. For those who wanted something a little quicker, or handier, they did introduce Sticky notes.
    If there were those who wanted a little more out of a quick note program, there is Wordpad, of course. With its now enhanced interface, it is almost a complete Word processor. Certainly offers as much as Editpad.
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