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Can you run batch files in Vista?

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Old 07-26-2008
Steve Turner
 

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Can you run batch files in Vista?
On my XP machine I ran a batch file that replaced notepad with metapad, a
really great ascii text editor. Here's the link:

http://liquidninja.com/metapad/

It offers a method of replacing notepad in Vista. Is there some way to
automate this? Here are the instructions...

A: Here's one method:

Open up a privileged command line prompt
Take ownership of the old notepad.exe with takeown /f
c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
Grant yourself full control with cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G :F
(replace with your username) See example below
The files in vista have to be copied in this order as well. Good luck

takeown /f C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\notepad.exe
cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386

takeown /f C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache\notepad.exe
cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache

takeown /f c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32

takeown /f c:\windows\notepad.exe
cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS

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Old 07-27-2008
Nonny
 

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Re: Can you run batch files in Vista?
On Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:39:58 -0700, "Steve Turner"
<stevezygote@telus.net> wrote:

>On my XP machine I ran a batch file that replaced notepad with metapad, a
>really great ascii text editor. Here's the link:
>
>http://liquidninja.com/metapad/
>
>It offers a method of replacing notepad in Vista. Is there some way to
>automate this?


Why can't you just set Metapad to be your default text editor?

Click the start orb, type "default programs" in the start-search box.

Choose whichever method you wish to set the default.

> Here are the instructions...
>
>A: Here's one method:
>
>Open up a privileged command line prompt
>Take ownership of the old notepad.exe with takeown /f
>c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
>Grant yourself full control with cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G :F
>(replace with your username) See example below
>The files in vista have to be copied in this order as well. Good luck
>
> takeown /f C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\notepad.exe
> cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
> copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386
>
> takeown /f C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache\notepad.exe
> cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
> copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\dllcache
>
> takeown /f c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
> cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
> copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32
>
> takeown /f c:\windows\notepad.exe
> cacls c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe /G richard:F
> copy /-y notepad.exe C:\WINDOWS

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Old 07-27-2008
Steve Turner
 

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Re: Can you run batch files in Vista?
"Nonny" <nonnymoose@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> On Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:39:58 -0700, "Steve Turner"
> <stevezygote@telus.net> wrote:
>
>>On my XP machine I ran a batch file that replaced notepad with metapad, a
>>really great ascii text editor. Here's the link:
>>
>>http://liquidninja.com/metapad/
>>
>>It offers a method of replacing notepad in Vista. Is there some way to
>>automate this?

>
> Why can't you just set Metapad to be your default text editor?
>
> Click the start orb, type "default programs" in the start-search box.
>
> Choose whichever method you wish to set the default.


Oh hey. That simple? I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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Old 07-27-2008
Steve Turner
 

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Re: Can you run batch files in Vista?
"Nonny" <nonnymoose@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:0icn841hac8j2vsctpbf7dbc446a6c72vu@4ax.com...
> On Sat, 26 Jul 2008 14:39:58 -0700, "Steve Turner"
> <stevezygote@telus.net> wrote:
>
>>On my XP machine I ran a batch file that replaced notepad with metapad, a
>>really great ascii text editor. Here's the link:
>>
>>http://liquidninja.com/metapad/
>>
>>It offers a method of replacing notepad in Vista. Is there some way to
>>automate this?

>
> Why can't you just set Metapad to be your default text editor?


I couldn't figure out how to make metapad my default text editor. But
instead I created a folder called MiscUtils in Programs, copied Metapad
there and change the association for text files. Thanks a lot! You showed
me a MUCH easier way!

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