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What is notepad.exe?

Part of Notepad by Microsoft

What is it?

Notepad is a simple text editor for Microsoft Windows. It has been included in all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 1.0 in 1985. Notepad is a common text-only (plain text) editor. The resulting files—typically saved with the .txt extension—have no format tags or styles.
Description of notepad.exe from Microsoft
Notepad is a basic text editor you can use for simple documents or for creating Web pages.
(notepad.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does notepad.exe run?

Process - notepad.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does notepad.exe start?

Shell open command - notepad.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of inifile with and identifier of C:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE %1. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the notepad.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of notepad.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is Notepad?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is notepad.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00101% CPU10129.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          6.43 MB RAM29.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 5 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
79 GDI objects52.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     2 context switches/sec2.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Notepad?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Notepad.

What else is related?

Notepad Stability

notepad.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: A cess de fonctionner et a t ferm (AppHangB1)
Details: Un probl�me a provoqu� l arr�t de l interaction de ce programme avec Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: notepad.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Notepad
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 228.5 KB
Original file name: NOTEPAD.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0016989911%
Privileged CPU: 0.0006860864%
User CPU: 0.00101290462358%
Privileged CPU time: 1296.88 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 50 ms
CPU cycle count: 14,530,917
CPU cycle count /min: 166,349,535
Context switches /sec: 2
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 115.54 MB
Peak committed memory: 406.02 MB
Paged memory: 6.43 MB
Peak paged memory: 9.65 MB
Paged system memory: 228.07 KB
Non-paged system memory: 21.06 KB
Working set memory: 19.61 MB
Peak working set memory: 23.6 MB
Min working set memory: 7.42 MB
Private memory: 6.43 MB
Page faults: 8,839
Page faults /min: 341
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 94
Read operations /min: 4
Total read transfer: 326.85 KB
Read transfer /min: 12.62 KB
Total write operations: 2
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 232 Bytes
Write transfer /min: 9 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,682
Other operations /min: 65
Total other transfer: 26.22 KB
Other Transfer /min: 1.01 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 79
Peak GDI objects: 188
USER objects: 32
Peak USER objects: 152
Handle count average: 289
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command
"C:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE" C:\Program Files\Doom 3\cdoom\docs\Readme.txt

Shell open command details

Name: comfile
Command: NOTEPAD.EXE %1

Image hashes

MD5: 22e1963fe26d5bceab0575eb6ff60cb5
SHA-1: c23f9cf64fe79305b8233c937da0eb05464f8396
SHA-256: 234b85ffe6db161ab421ed8d2a86c5882c85585ef4a471b44fc7ce0347c85615

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 7.12185
File packed: No
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