How to Reinstall Notepad

by Diana Braun
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Notepad is the default text editor that comes prepackaged with Windows based computers. Users can open and edit text documents with Notepad. If the Notepad application becomes corrupt, fails to open or was accidentally deleted, you may need to reinstall the application. Use your Windows operating system disc to install and get Notepad back up and running.

Step 1

Insert the windows operating system disc into the optical drive of your computer.

Step 2

Click "Start" located in the system tray at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3

Type "cmd" in the "Start Search" box and press the "Enter" key.

Step 4

Type the drive letter for your CD drive (ie: D:, E:) and press the "Enter" key.

Step 5

Type "cd i386" and press the "Enter" key.

Step 6

Type "expand notepad.ex_ C:\windows\notepad.exe" and press the "Enter" key.

Type "expand notepad.ex_ C:\windows\system32\notepad.exe" and press the "Enter" key.


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About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.

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