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Notepad Replacer doesn't work anymore

Rich Jackman
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I used it just last week on another computer. But on the computer I'm using today, I run it, I point it to the notepad++ executable, it seems to run successfully. But when I click on a txt file, the original notepad comes up.
Jun 1, 2021  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Rich,

If you open up your registry settings and head to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Binary Fortress Software\Notepad Replacer, do you see a value under "Target" to point to Notepad++?

Thanks!
Jun 1, 2021  • #2
Chris Jung79500
2 discussion posts
Hey there!

I noticed the same: Notepad Replacer doesn't work anymore after a Windows 10 update. I even tried reinstalling both (Notepad++ and Notepad Replacer) without success. The registry entry you mentioned exists.

Thanks
Chris
Jun 19, 2021  • #3
Chris Jung79500
2 discussion posts
And even if I point the "debugger" value of "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe" directly to the notepad++.exe it still doesn't work, so I guess it's a change in windows.
Jun 19, 2021  • #4
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Chris,

We are aware of this issue coming from some recent Windows updates. We have it on our list to look into, so we'll be sure to let you know if we have any news on it in the future.

Thanks!
Jun 22, 2021  • #5
japm
1 discussion post
Hi, I managed to make this work by replacing the actual notepad.exe file (obviously, back up the original), with any normal executable (a C++ "hello world" is enough).

To do so, the permissions of the notepad.exe file must be altered: the file owner is set by default to TrustedInstaller, but can be changed to your user (or the admins group) and then you can enable the "Full control" permissions to be able to overwrite it.

It needs to be replaced in c:\Windows, c:\Windows\system32 and c:\Windows\SysWOW64.

After uninstalling and installing again, Notepad Replacer now works as before.
Aug 2, 2021 (modified Aug 2, 2021)  • #6
lol_jono
2 discussion posts
I've just installed Windows 11 and Notepad Replacer does not work, just as described above.
Oct 9, 2021  • #7
Uriah
27 discussion posts
I can confirm that NotepadReplacer is NOT working on Windows 11.
Oct 13, 2021  • #8
DrPoncho
1 discussion post
Quote:
Hi, I managed to make this work by replacing the actual notepad.exe file (obviously, back up the original), with any normal executable (a C++ "hello world" is enough).
To do so, the permissions of the notepad.exe file must be altered: the file owner is set by default to TrustedInstaller, but can be changed to your user (or the admins group) and then you can enable the "Full control" permissions to be able to overwrite it.
It needs to be replaced in c:\Windows, c:\Windows\system32 and c:\Windows\SysWOW64.
After uninstalling and installing again, Notepad Replacer now works as before.

In addition to this, I also had to uninstall the new notepad 'app', which comes preinstalled in Windows 11.
Nov 2, 2021  • #9
lol_jono
2 discussion posts
I got the Notepad Replacer to work by uninstalling the Notepad app from the Windows Store. Apparently, notepad in Windows 11 is now an app.
Nov 3, 2021  • #10
Christopher Workman
3 discussion posts
uninstall NOTEPAD app, then Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\notepad.exe" then set "UseFilter" to 0

my guess is if NOTEPAD app is installed it uses the filter to redirect to the "METRO APP"..

hopefully the subkeys "0", "1" & "2" are not system critical as NOTEPADREPLACER deletes the notepad.exe key if you uninstall it.
Dec 12, 2021 (modified Dec 12, 2021)  • #11
erbkaiser's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I can confirm the steps Christopher Workman gives work.

Uninstall the metro app and change that registry value, and notepad.exe will launch the replacement app again.
Feb 3, 2022  • #12
Christopher Workman
3 discussion posts
if you prefer to do it via command line: don't for get to 'Run As Administrator'

Uninstall *Microsoft.WindowsNotepad* App

Code



Set "UseFilter" to 0

Code

Feb 3, 2022 (modified Feb 3, 2022)  • #13
streetwolf
2 discussion posts
New user here. Glad to meet you all.
There is one problem under Windows 11 that I am having and maybe others here too but haven't noticed it.
The NEW context menu (Right Click on the Desktop) I believe uses the new Notepad app under Text Document. W11's main context menu is not your run of the mill menu anymore it appears. It seems to be handled differently than prior Windows versions.
Anyways, I was able to replace Notepad with Notepad++ under the selection Text Document. How I did it was just luck I think. If I uninstall the Notepad app as suggested then notepad gets directed to Notepad++ like it used to. However there is no longer a Text Document entry under NEW on the desktop or anywhere else NEW appears. So you can't create an empty text file. I haven't found a way to get it back because it isn't a 'normal' menu anymore (I think). I had to restore from a disk image backup. I think some menus might be in an app package now.
I think the Dev needs to research how some of the context menus work under W11 and take appropriate action.
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Feb 3, 2022 (modified Feb 3, 2022)  • #14
Christopher Workman
3 discussion posts
Quote:
New user here. Glad to meet you all.
There is one problem under Windows 11 that I am having and maybe others here too but haven't noticed it.
The NEW context menu (Right Click on the Desktop) I believe uses the new Notepad app under Text Document. W11's main context menu is not your run of the mill menu anymore it appears. It seems to be handled differently than prior Windows versions.
Anyways, I was able to replace Notepad with Notepad++ under the selection Text Document. How I did it was just luck I think. If I uninstall the Notepad app as suggested then notepad gets directed to Notepad++ like it used to. However there is no longer a Text Document entry under NEW on the desktop or anywhere else NEW appears. So you can't create an empty text file. I haven't found a way to get it back because it isn't a 'normal' menu anymore (I think). I had to restore from a disk image backup. I think some menus might be in an app package now.
I think the Dev needs to research how some of the context menus work under W11 and take appropriate action.


try this site
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/24412-add-remove-default-new-context-menu-items-windows-10-a.html

used the reg file Restore_New_Text_Document_context_menu_item.reg and was able to get \NEW\Text Document back
Feb 3, 2022  • #15
streetwolf
2 discussion posts
The Reg file worked like a charm. I did need to restart Windows in order for it to take affect. Thanks.
Feb 3, 2022  • #16
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This issue should be fixed up in our new version, available here: https://www.binaryfortress.com/NotepadReplacer/Download/

If you run into any issues after updating, please let us know.

Thanks!
Feb 15, 2022  • #17
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