Replacing notepad on Vista

Having fun today trying to replace notepad on vista with my favourite text editor of late – Notepad++

I followed most of the instructions here:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/12617/how-to-replace-notepad-in-windows-7/

and got the replacment notepad.exe file from here:

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/commun/misc/NppLauncher.bin.zip

But found that upon trying to run it, I would get a very annoying warning:

Despite my efforts, unchecking this box would still produce the same error, even running as administrator.

Even going into the properties of the file and ‘unblocking’ it wouldn’t stick.

 

I found this blog post:

http://blogs.xntrix.com/2007/09/replacing-notepad-on-windows-vista-with.html

But the links in it are dead!

 

My solution in the end: Copy the notepad.exe file I had downloaded somewhere else, unblock it there then copy it into the directories mentioned.

Silly me for not doing that to start with – because obviously it’s not the same executable you find in the notepad++ program files directory.

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