Running notepad.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility RRS feed

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  • I am trying migrate a program from Windows XP to Windows 7.  The program installs and runs fine, however there is one portion that it out puts the data to notepad.exe.  They make the changes and close notepad, and it is supposed to import the changes back into the program.  I have attempted to run the program in XP SP3 mode, I downloaded ACT 5.0 to try to build some shims, but it still doesn't work.  So I was thinking it may not be the program but notepad.exe not passing the data back correctly.  I want to be able to run notepad.exe in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode, however it is greyed out and won't let me change it.  I tried manually adding in the registry:

    Key: HKLM\Woftware\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVerion\AppCampatFlags\Layers

    String: C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe

    Value: WINXPSP3

    It appears that it had no effect on getting notepad.exe to open in compatibility mode, as that section is still greyed out with no options selected.  The other option I wanted to try is to replace notepad.exe with the version from Windows XP, but Windows won't let me.  UAC has been disable, loged in with the Administrator account.

    Friday, June 7, 2013 7:38 PM


  • It also states under the Compatibility tab:  Compatibility mode cannot be set on this program because it is part of this version of Windows.

    You would probably get better information over in one of the MSDN forums @ www.msdn.com

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    • Marked as answer by tracycai Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:53 AM
    Friday, June 7, 2013 7:58 PM