How to Restore the Notepad.exe

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How to Restore the Notepad.exe
You can restore the Notepad application executable file in Windows. (computer image by blaine stiger from

Notepad is a handy, text only, editor useful for editing configuration files and similar operations. It is actually quite common to delete the Notepad.exe file in Microsoft Windows, especially after a virus scanner marks it for deletion. If the Notepad.exe file has been deleted or is missing, you can quickly restore the Notepad.exe program file in just a few steps.

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  • Microsoft Windows computer

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button then click the "Run" box (if running Windows XP) or "Search" box (if running Windows 7 or Vista).

  2. 2

    Type "rstrui.exe" and tap the "Enter" key on the keyboard. The "System Restore" window should appear.

  3. 3

    Click the "Next" button in the "System Restore" window.

  4. 4

    Select a restore point from the list presented that has a date prior to when Notepad.exe became missing or damaged (Windows XP will show restore points in bold type on a calendar rather than in a list).

  5. 5

    Click the "Next" button then click the "Finish" button (if running Windows 7 and Vista) or click the "OK" button (if running Windows XP).

  6. 6

    Click the "Yes" button (if running Windows 7 or Vista) or click the "Next" button (if running Windows XP) in the window that appears to confirm that you wish to perform a "System Restore." The restoration process will complete and the system will reboot.

  7. 7

    Click the "Close" or "OK" button, in the "System Restore Complete" window that appears after boot up. Notepad.exe should now be restored.

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