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Replace native Notepad in Win 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit

    Replace native Notepad in Win 8.1


    Has anybody been successful in replacing the native Notepad in Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit without wasting an hour fighting with permissions?

    Any other text editor out there is definitely better than the native Notepad, and that's a given, now I am curious to see if the resourceful friends on this forum can suggest a headache-free solution to accomplish this simple task

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Notepad++ is one of my favorite replacements for the stock notepad. It has every feature you could ever want, plus the ability to use plug-ins.
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  3. #3


    Wordpad no good for you?
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  4. #4


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


    Notepad++ is good, but I vote for Florian's notepad2. I use it all the time. Fortunately, it has an option to replace windows notepad for you automatically.

    flo's freeware - Notepad2


    Download Notepad2 4.2.25 Setup (x64)

    Download Notepad2 4.2.25 Setup (x86)

    Win 8x permissions are a complete PITA.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Sorry guys I must have misexpressed myself, I am not asking you to suggest me an application to replace the native Notepad (I already know which one to use), but I am rather asking here on the forum to share knowledge and (possibly) a straightforward procedure to actually replace the native Notepad.

    So far I have used this method:

    1) Rename metapad.exe (or any other notepad clone) to notepad.exe, then copy it to the root of drive C (not inside a folder)

    2) For Windows 8.1 64-bit copy the text below and paste it into an Elevated Command Prompt (it will run automatically). When finished close the Command Prompt and delete C:\notepad.exe.

    takeown /f c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
    icacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /grant administrators:f
    copy /y C:\notepad.exe C:\Windows\System32
    takeown /f c:\windows\SysWOW64\notepad.exe
    icacls c:\windows\SysWOW64\notepad.exe /grant administrators:f
    copy /y C:\notepad.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64
    takeown /f c:\windows\notepad.exe
    icacls c:\windows\notepad.exe /grant administrators:f
    copy /y C:\notepad.exe C:\Windows

    Feel free to suggest any easier/faster alternative.

    Hope all is clear now
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  6. #6


    Clear as mud to me-lol. So with what do you end up?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Clear as mud to me-lol. So with what do you end up?
    You mean which notepad replacement I am currently using or how was the outcome of my procedure to replace the native notepad?
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  8. #8


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


    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe.
    string (REG_SZ) name "Debugger".
    value "path_to_replacementnotepad.exe" /z
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  9. #9


    Posts : 58
    Win 8.1 Core 64 bit


    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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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    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.
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