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Re: [NTO] Marcelo's answer for using NoteTab as Default Editor in IE, that worked for me.

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    I use win2000 SP4. I tried to apply the same remedy as mentioned below for XP. But it failed. OS does not allow to rename or delete notepad.exe Srish Agrawal
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 3, 2004
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      I use win2000 SP4. I tried to apply the same remedy as mentioned below for
      XP. But it failed. OS does not allow to rename or delete notepad.exe

      Srish Agrawal
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      At 12:07 PM 10/2/2004 +0000, you wrote:
      >
      >Hi Jody and everyone, I did not realise that there were some threads
      >over on this forum already dealing with the problem of using NoteTab
      >as default HTML editor in Windows XP after installing SP2. This
      >message is transferring my question about this and the solution that
      >Marcelo gave to me (on the NoteTab HTML forum) over to this forum.
      >I was disappointed to find that, after I had installed SP2 in
      >Windows XP, NoteTab didn't open up when I clicked on View/Source in
      >Internet Explorer and I got plain old MS Notepad instead . However
      >Marcelo gave me an answer that has solved my problem, for which I am
      >grateful.
      >
      >On 30/9/2004 17:11, Nigel Hall invited the wrath of the gods by
      >saying:
      >
      >>Hello,
      >>
      >>Up until recently, Note Tab was set as my default editor, so that
      >>when I clicked on View/Source on the drop down menu, at the top of
      >>the Internet Explorer screen, it would show the HTML in Note Tab.
      >>However, now it does not, and only shows the HTML in Notepad, when I
      >>click on View/Source. I have tried going to "Help" in the drop down
      >>menu, in NoteTab, and clicking on "Replace MS Notepad...", but it
      >>does not work. I get a box that asks if I would like Note Tab Pro
      >>to execute, instead of MS Notepad, and I click on "Yes", then I get
      >>a Warning box that says, more or less, that Windows may try to stop
      >>me from doing this, but I must cancel a message telling me to
      >>restore the original Notepad, and, when it asks again, to tell it
      >>that I want to keep the unrecognised file version. I am getting no
      >>messages from Windows, and I just can't get NoteTab Pro to work from
      >>the drop down menu in Internet Explorer.
      >>
      >>I have been using NoteTab from the drop down menu, with View/Source,
      >>for about 2 years and have only had a problem since I installed XP
      >>Service Pack 2 and a couple of more recent updates.
      >>
      >>Can anyone help, please?
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >Marcelo wrote:-
      >
      >OK. What's happening is this:
      >- What the "Replace MS Notepad" feature in Notetab does is rename
      >Notepad to something else and then replacing it with a dummy
      >"notepad.exe" file that only calls Notetab instead.
      >- The problem is: recent versions of Windows (Win2000, XP, etc) have
      >a
      >"file protection" feature that won't let a bunch of files considered
      >"essential" to Windows being deleted, replaced or otherwise changed.
      >If
      >any of those things happen, Windows will silently replace it back
      >with a
      >fresh copy. In Windows 2000, you have only to delete/rename
      >the "clean
      >copy" of notepad.exe (which is in the C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache
      >subfolder) to get around this. Windows will complain, and ask for the
      >original disk; Just Say No and the trick will work.
      >- After SP2 is installed, the feature gets a bit harder to get
      >around;
      >now, it will search for notepad.exe ALSO from the
      >C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386 . If it finds it in either place, it
      >will not only restore the file in the system32 folder, but also in
      >the
      >other "backup" folder.
      >- So, what you have to do is to rename BOTH backup files -- in the
      >dllcache AND in the ServicePackFiles\i386 folders -- BEFORE using the
      >"Replace MS Notepad" feature. When you do, Windows will complain,
      >threaten you with loss of system stability yadda yadda yadda... just
      >click "Cancel" and you will be fine.
      >
      >(Just to be sure that it has all gone well, look at the "notepad.exe"
      >file in the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ folder... if it is 19kb long and
      >displays an old-fashioned, "Windows 95" icon, then the trick worked.
      >The
      >new file is 68 kb long and sports one of the new "Teletubbies"
      >(sorry,
      >"Luna") style icons.
      >
      >The funny thing is, I left a perfectly good copy of the original
      >Windows notepad.exe in the C:\WINDOWS folder (and it's supposed to be
      >there, it came in the original installation of XP, so Windows File
      >Protection supposedly *knew* it was there) but WFP didn't try to use
      >*that* one to restore the configuration. Go figure...
      >
      >
      >
      >--
      >Marcelo de Castro Bastos
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >On 1/10/2004 12:43, Nigel Hall invited the wrath of the gods by
      >saying:
      >
      >>I can't find the folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache, I don't seem
      >>to have it. Anyway, I renamed the notepad.exe file in
      >>C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386, then I used the "Search" from the
      >>Start menu to try to find all the notepad.exe files on my computer
      >>and rename them. However, I can't rename either the one in
      >>C:\WINDOWS or C:WINDOWS\system32 without the original notepad.exe
      >>file reappearing, I have tried renaming both, but I am not able to
      >>do it without the original files reappearing. According to
      >>the "Search" function, these are the only two notepad.exe files that
      >>are there now. I re-checked the C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386
      >>folder and notepad.exe is not there any more, only the renamed
      >>file. When I open NoteTab and try to replace Notepad with NoteTab,
      >>it won't do it, and I am still left with Notepad opening up when I
      >>click on View/Source in IE.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >Marcelo wrote:-
      >"C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache" is a hidden and protected folder. You
      >have to open Explorer, go to Tools/Folder Options/View and
      >select "Show
      >hidden files and folders", AND ALSO unselect "Hide protected
      >operating
      >system files (recommended)" (ignore the warning, if you are worried
      >about it just turn it back the way it was after setting up Notetab).
      >As
      >long as you're there, you might as well turn off the "Hide extensions
      >for known file types" and play a bit with the other options (just try
      >one at a time to find out what it does, and if that is for you).
      >
      >The default setup for the XP search sucks, by the way -- it tends to
      >*not* search in a *lot* of places. It needs quite a bit of tweaking
      >before it starts to be useful.
      >
      >--
      >Marcelo de Castro Bastos
      >-=-=-
      >
      >Nigel wrote:-
      >Hi Marcelo,
      >
      >Thanks, it worked :)
      >
      >I had the other options that you suggested already selected in my
      >folder options, but I did not have the "Hide Protected operating
      >system files" unticked. When I unticked it, I could see the
      >C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache folder, as you said, and when I renamed
      >all three of the notepad.exe files, (the one in that folder) also
      >those in the C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386 and in the C:\WINDOWS
      >folder, then opened NoteTab and went to "Help" in the drop down
      >menu, at the top of the screen and selected "Replace MS Notepad..."
      >it really did replace Notepad and now NoteTab is back as my default
      >editor when I click on View/Source in Internet Explorer.
      >
      >I renamed the original notepad.exe files as notepadold.exe.
      >
      >Thanks very much for your help. It is great to have NoteTab back,
      >as I want it. :)
      >
      >Regards,
      >Nigel
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