How To Remove Older Notepad And Inject Latest Version Notepad2 in Windows 7

It’s the time to say good bye Notepad and welcome Notepad2.The Notepad2 comes with some integrated features, attractive look and other additional capabilities(also read :  Install Windows 7 from Usb flash Drive ).
But replacing the older notepad with Notepad2 in Windows7 may require some tricks. I’ve tried some process and found one which works properly as well as it works generally for all. The article written below describes in details how to remove the older notepad and inject the newer version Notepad2 in Windows 7.
Tip: Repair Windows 7 by System Repair Disc.
notepad-2

The procedure

Step 1: At first you need to get the latest version of Notepad2. Download the zipped file from
http://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html
When downloading from that link be sure that you are downloading the appropriate version of notepad2. I mean if your Windows 7 is of 64 bit then you have to download x64 version under ”Other Modified Versions of Notepad2”. If you are sure that you’ve downloaded the exact version that you require then you can proceed to next step.
Step 2: Extract the zipped file in any folder, any where in your computer.
Step 3: Now open notepad or any other text editor. Copy one of the following texts :
For 32-bit users :

:: Batch command for Windows 7 32 bit
:: Perform this Only after turning off the User Account Control And then after restarting your PC
@echo off
PAUSE
takeown /f c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
cacls c:windowssystem32notepad.exe /G Administrators:F
takeown /f c:windowsnotepad.exe
cacls c:windowsnotepad.exe /G Administrators:F
copy c:windowssystem32notepad.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe.backup
copy c:windowsnotepad.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe.backup
copy notepad2.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
copy notepad2.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe
@echo on

For 64-bit users :

:: Batch command for Windows 7 64-bit
:: Perform this Only after turning off the User Account Control And then after restarting your PC
@echo off
PAUSE
takeown /f c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe
cacls c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe /G Administrators:F
takeown /f c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
cacls c:windowssystem32notepad.exe /G Administrators:F
takeown /f c:windowsnotepad.exe
cacls c:windowsnotepad.exe /G Administrators:F
copy c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe.backup
copy c:windowssystem32notepad.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe.backup
copy c:windowsnotepad.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe.backup
copy notepad2.exe c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe
copy notepad2.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
copy notepad2.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe
@echo on

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After choosing the perfect one paste it in the notepad or in the text editor and then Save As activate.BAT in the same folder where you have extracted the downloaded zipped file. You can give any name of the file but the extension must be “BAT”.extract-the-zipped-file
Step 3: Type “uac” in the search box under the start menu and hit “enter”. Now under the User Account Control Settings window drag the slider to the lower most point and then click “OK”. Don’t worry, after completion of your task you can restore your previous settings. Now restart the computer.
user-account-control-setting
Step 4: Open the folder where you have extracted the zipped file and saved the batch file activate.bat, right click on it and chose “Run as administrator”.run-as-administrator The command prompt will appear. It will give a couple of warning message . Just press any key to proceed. If everything is OK then it will show “Success” and ask for the question “Are you sure?”, type ‘y’ and press enter. You will have to repeat the same again. You may watch this type of command executions.
You might also like to read how to Install Windows 7 Directly from Your Hard Drive
command-prompt-monitoringAfter completion of the procedure the command prompt window will vanish automatically.That’s all you have done and the old notepad has been replaced with the latest version of notepad2.
Feel free to put your questions in the comment form.

1 COMMENT

  1. why it says “windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. you may not have the approriate permissions to access the item….” when i try to back to default setting of uac..??tnx

  2. FYI, the batch file commands in this article are missing backslashes. Here is the text for 64 bit:

    :: Batch command for Windows 7 64-bit
    :: Perform this Only after turning off the User Account Control And then after restarting your PC
    @echo off
    PAUSE
    takeown /f c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe
    cacls c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe /G Administrators:F
    takeown /f c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
    cacls c:windowssystem32notepad.exe /G Administrators:F
    takeown /f c:windowsnotepad.exe
    cacls c:windowsnotepad.exe /G Administrators:F
    copy c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe.backup
    copy c:windowssystem32notepad.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe.backup
    copy c:windowsnotepad.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe.backup
    copy notepad2.exe c:windowssyswow64notepad.exe
    copy notepad2.exe c:windowssystem32notepad.exe
    copy notepad2.exe c:windowsnotepad.exe
    @echo on

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