Windows 10: Notepad opens on boot
Next time Notepad opens, don't close it. Open Task Manager (ctrl+shift+esc), go to Details tab (if you can't see the tabs, click "More Details", right click the column names at the top (Name, PID, Status, User Name, etc.), click "Select columns", find and check "Command Line", click OK, find notepad.exe in Task Manager, hover the mouse cursor over the text under the command line column next to notepad.exe, and something like "C:\Windows\system32\Notepad.exe" with some other text after it should pop up. Does it say "C:\Users\Public\Desktop\desktop.ini"?
If I enable hidden system file viewing, two files appear on my desktop, both named desktop.ini. One is located at "C:\users\<my username>\desktop" and the other "C:\users\Public\desktop". 1st opens in Notepad normally, but the latter causes Notepad to open with the same error as the one you are getting when you log in.
For the record, the desktop.ini file stores settings for specific folders, like how zoomed in the icons are. The 1st desktop.ini on my desktop stores settings specific to my account, and the other one stores settings which are applied to new accounts made on my computer. Basically, when you create a new user, it copies the settings from the invisible Public account, including the 2nd desktop.ini, creating a clean slate.
Thanks! But the path way shown is different, My Name, App Data, Roaming, Microsoft, Windows, Start Up etc etc along those lines. The Desktop.ini file has NO permissions and I can do nothing with it!!!
SORTED! Many thanks You!
I managed to give the .ini file some permissions and duly deleted it.
Notepad no more trying to open on start uo.
The command line reads c:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.exe"c:\users\louberk29\AppData\roaming\microsoft\Windows\startmenu\Progr ams\startup
Then delete the desktop.ini file in that folder like paddy69 did.
1. Press Windows key+R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog.
2. Type shell:startup into the Run dialog and press Enter.
3. Click the View tab in File Explorer and click Options to open Folder Options.
4. Go to the View tab in the Folder Option, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended), and click Yes on the warning that appears.
5. Click OK.
6. Take ownership of desktop.ini. [Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a File or Folder Manually in Windows? - AskVG
7. Delete desktop.ini and redo steps 1-5, checking Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) this time.
go to file explorer
go to the c drive and then type in desktop.ini in the search box and tap enter
it will show all the files that contains the desktop.ini
look for the ones that contains startup or start menu and delete all.
you have to scroll from up to down searching for all the files that contains start menu,
and all must be thoroughly deleted.
then restart or reboot your windows you'll see that it's fixed, the notepad will not appear again or start as windows start.
if have further problem let me know
Since windows xp, notepad hasn't really been recieving any type of change in whats in it, all we eve get is new fonts depending on what OS you are using, I hope MS at least develop it because its been the most left out app ever.
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