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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Things you need
- Microsoft Windows computer
Click the "Start" button then click the "Run" box (if running Windows XP) or "Search" box (if running Windows 7 or Vista).
Type "rstrui.exe" and tap the "Enter" key on the keyboard. The "System Restore" window should appear.
Click the "Next" button in the "System Restore" window.
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).
Click the "Next" button then click the "Finish" button (if running Windows 7 and Vista) or click the "OK" button (if running Windows XP).
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.
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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