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[Release] Replace Notepad with Notepad++

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Follow these instructions to set up an unattended install of Notepad++ and replace Windows Notepad with Notepad++. Alternatively, you could just replace the files in your windows installation source but this method has the advantage that it can be run from WPI. Special thanks to Olivio over at the German nLite board and Sourceforge whose AutoIT code I modified to make the replacement tool. Here's his original post: http://sourceforge.net/forum/message.php?msg_id=4641563

Basically, the replacement tool copies the notepad++ launcher into c:\windows\, c:\windows\system32\, c:\windows\system32\dllcache, (and a couple other directories if they exist on your computer) replacing notepad.exe in each of those directories. The trick is that it temporarily disables windows file protection on those files so that you don't get error boxes when you try to copy the files and so that Windows doesn't panic and revert them back to the original notepad.exe.

The install process also creates a log file called Notepad_Replacement.log in your home drive (whatever drive your home directory is store in, c:\ for me) and a backup of your original notepad.exe file at C:\windows\Notepad-backup\notepad.exe.

Note: If you run the replacement utility twice it will overwrite your backup notepad.exe with the replacement file.

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Instructions
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Setup:
1) Download the Notepad++ installer from http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/download.php .
2) Download the Notepad++ Launcher from http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/download.php .
3) Download the replacement tool exe file from http://www.mediafire.com/?4mzdxey9n1j (or http://www.mediafire.com/?czmnbomsegg if you prefer the original .au3 file)
4) Extract notepad.exe from the Launcher and put it in the same directory as the replacement tool.

Install:
5) Run the notepad++ installer with the switch /S
6) Run the replacement tool.

Voila! A perfectly unattended way to install Notepad++ and completely replace Windows Notepad.

Edited by vampus8

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Link to Sourceforge is dead!

For those who don´t wont a log file and without a Gui is here a stripped autoit code:

--> for the silent installation.

#include <array.au3>

; load given notepad files in Array
Dim $Files[7] = [@WindowsDir & "\servicepackfiles\i386\notepad.exe", _
@WindowsDir & "\source\WinXP\i386\notepad.exe", _
@SystemDir & "\dllcache\notepad.exe", _
@SystemDir & "\notepad.exe", _
@WindowsDir & "\notepad.exe", _
@HomeDrive & "\i386\notepad.exe", _
@HomeDrive & "\i386\NOTEPAD.EX_"]
_ArrayDisplay($Files)

;backup MS-Notepad.exe
$WinBU=DirCreate(@WindowsDir & "\Notepad-backup")
If FileExists($Files[4]) Then FileCopy($Files[4], $WinBU, 1)
If FileExists($Files[5]) Then FileCopy($Files[5], $WinBU, 1)
If FileExists($Files[6]) Then FileCopy($Files[6], $WinBU, 1)

;temporary disables protection for MS-Notepad.exe
$Srcfile=@ScriptDir&"\notepad.exe"
For $Element In $Files
If FileExists($Element) Then DllCall(@SystemDir & "\SFC_OS.DLL","dword", 5, "dword", 0, "wstr", $Element, "dword", -1)
Next
If FileExists($Element) Then FileCopy($Srcfile, $Element, 1)
Exit

For the outstanding reader the compiled "MS-Notepad_Replacer_noGUI+Log.exe" :hello:

--> for the silent installation.

http://uploaded.to/?id=apw67d

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Here is a picture from the MS-Notepad-Replacer with a Gui:

post-103080-1226058226_thumb.jpg

Here the autoit code from the MS-Notepad-Replacer with Gui for a running System:

#cs ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
AutoIt Version: 3.2.8.1
Author: Olivio

With friendly Help from German nLite Board from Zio82draw, AspirinJunkie

[url="http://www.german-nlite.de"]http://www.german-nlite.de[/url]

Script Function: Temporary disables Protection for MS-Notepad.exe and
replace it with the Notepad++ Launcher.
#ce ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - TranslateSection Start - ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~~~~~~~~~~ !! Only between " " , otherwise it will crash !! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~ i.e. "Notepad++ Replacer" become "Notepad++ Remplaçant" in france ~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

;---GUI-----------------------------
$Npprpl = "Notepad++ Replacer" ; Titel of GUI, if you want to translate
$Quest1a = "Would you really replace the"
$Quest1b = " MS - Notepad.exe ?"
$State1a = " Backup will be taken in"
$State1b = "'Windir - Notepad-backup'."
$State2a = "After replacing, you can read"
$State2b = " the Logfile in Notepad++."
$Buttn_r = "Replace"
$Buttn_c = "Cancel"

;--- 1. MSG - Box--------------------
$Warn = "Warning!"
$Quest2a = "An open session of the notepad.exe excist"
$Quest2b = "Please save your Session right now !"
$Quest2c = "Otherwise the Session will be closed in 20 Seconds"

;--- 2. MSG - Box--------------------
$State3 = "Successfully Replaced"
$Quest3a = "MS-Notepad.exe are all replaced by Launcher"
$Quest3b = "Would you read the Logfile now in Notepad++ ?"

;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - TranslateSection End - ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~~~~~~~~~ !! Don´t translate under this line anything else!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
;~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Opt("TrayIconHide", 1)
Opt("GUICloseOnESC", 1)
#include <GuiConstants.au3>

$Pic = (".\npp.logo1.gif")
$Quest1 = $Quest1a & @CRLF & $Quest1b
$State1 = $State1a & @CRLF & $State1b
$State2 = $State2a & @CRLF & $State2b
$date = (@MDAY&"."&@MON&"."&@YEAR&" - "&@HOUR&":"&@MIN&":"&@SEC)

GuiCreate($Npprpl, 384, 281,-1, -1 , BitOr($GUI_SS_DEFAULT_GUI, $WS_EX_TOPMOST))
GUISetIcon("Icon_3.ico")
GuiCtrlCreatePic($Pic, 0, 0, 164, 314)
$Group_2 = GuiCtrlCreateGroup("", 175, 5, 200, 180)
$Button_3 = GuiCtrlCreateButton($Buttn_r, 181, 210, 85, 40)
$Button_4 = GuiCtrlCreateButton($Buttn_c, 283, 210, 85, 40)
GUICtrlCreateLabel($Quest1, 210, 35)
GUICtrlCreateLabel($State1, 210, 83)
GUICtrlCreateLabel($State2, 207, 133)
GuiSetState()
While 1
$msg = GuiGetMsg()
Select
Case $msg = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
ExitLoop
Case $msg = $Button_4
Exit
Case $msg = $Button_3
_replace()
Exit
EndSelect
WEnd
Exit

Func _replace()
$rpfile=".\" & $npx
$ServPf=@WindowsDir & "\servicepackfiles\i386\" & $npx
$WinSwI=@WindowsDir & "\source\WinXP\i386\" & $npx
$dlCaN=@SystemDir & "\dllcache\" & $npx
$SysNp=@SystemDir & "\" & $npx
$Wnpx=@WindowsDir & "\" & $npx
$npx="notepad.exe"

$log = FileOpen('Notepad.log', 2)
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "Start the Notepad Replacement Logfile" & @CRLF & @CRLF)

If ProcessExists("notepad.exe") > 0 Then
MsgBox(32, $Warn, $Quest2a & @CRLF & $Quest2b & @CRLF & $Quest2c, 20)
While ProcessExists($npx)
ProcessClose($npx)
Wend
If ProcessClose($npx) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - open Notepad Process successfully closed" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No open Notepad Process to close" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

;backup Microsoft Notepad.exe
$WinBU=@WindowsDir & "\Notepad-backup\notepad.exe"
If FileExists($Wnpx) Then FileCopy($Wnpx, $WinBU, 1)
If FileCopy($Wnpx, $WinBU, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Notepad successfully copied in Notepad Backup" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'WinDir'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

$HmDr1=@HomeDrive & "\i386\notepad.exe"
If FileExists($HmDr1) Then FileCopy($HmDr1, $WinBU, 1)
If FileCopy($HmDr1, $WinBU, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - notepad.exe successfully copied in Notepad Backup" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'HomeDrive\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

$HmDr2=@HomeDrive & "\i386\NOTEPAD.EX_"
If FileExists($HmDr2) Then FileCopy($HmDr2, @WindowsDir & "\Notepad-backup\NOTEPAD.EX_", 1)
If FileCopy($HmDr2, @WindowsDir & "\Notepad-backup\NOTEPAD.EX_", 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - NOTEPAD.EX_ successfully copied in Notepad Backup" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No NOTEPAD.EX_ in 'HomeDrive\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

;temporary disables protection for notepad.exe
Dim $Array[7]

$Array[0] = $ServPf
$Array[1] = $dlCaN
$Array[2] = $SysNp
$Array[3] = $Wnpx
$Array[4] = $HmDr1
$Array[5] = $HmDr2
$Array[6] = $WinSwI

For $Element In $Array
If FileExists($Element) Then DllCall(@SystemDir & "\SFC_OS.DLL","dword", 5, "dword", 0, "wstr", $Element, "dword", -1)
Next

;notepad replacing in given dir
If FileExists($ServPf) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $ServPf, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $ServPf, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in 'servicepackfiles\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'servicepackfiles\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($dlCaN) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $dlCaN, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $dlCaN, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in '\dllcache'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in '\dllcache'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($SysNp) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $SysNp, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $SysNp, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in 'systemdir'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'systemdir'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($Wnpx) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $Wnpx, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $Wnpx, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in 'Windir'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'WinDir'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($HmDr1) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $HmDr1, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $HmDr1, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in 'HomeDrive\i386\'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No notepad.exe in 'HomeDrive\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($HmDr2) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $HmDr2, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $HmDr2, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied to 'HomeDrive\i386\NOTEPAD.EX_'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No NOTEPAD.EX_ in 'HomeDrive\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

If FileExists($WinSwI) Then FileCopy($rpfile, $WinSwI, 1)
If FileCopy($rpfile, $WinSwI, 1) > 0 Then
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "OK - Launcher successfully copied in 'Windir\source\WinXP\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
Else
FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "No NOTEPAD.EX_ in 'Windir\source\WinXP\i386'" & @CRLF & @CRLF)
EndIf

FileWriteLine($log, $date & " - " & "End of Notepad Replacement Logfile")
FileClose($log)

If MsgBox(262212, $State3, $Quest3a & @CRLF & @CRLF & $Quest3b) = 7 Then
Exit
EndIf
ShellExecute(@ScriptDir & '\Notepad.log')
EndFunc

For the outstanding reader the compiled "MS-Notepad-Replacer-Gui.exe" in zip :hello:

include the Notepad++launcher and the Notepad++ picture for the Gui.

see the picture: http://s3.directupload.net/file/d/1257/o8qhbanz_jpg.htm

--> for a running system.

http://uploaded.to/?id=4w4w4p

Jolli

Edited by Jolli

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Why do all of that when you can get the Notepad++ Launcher from their site:

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

Take that EXE and use makecab to compress it to a .ex_, place it in your i386 directory overwriting the original NOTEPAD.EX_ (make sure the Service Packs have been applied first because if you do this first and then the Service Packs, it will overwrite what you have tried to do.) and then use nLite to install the Notepad++ Addon and you are set to go.

I have tinkered with that just recently and it works.

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I guess this is for those who want it on a working windows instead of a new install. That said, I did the same thing you did. I just replaced the original notepad with this in the i386 folder.

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