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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 32-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 0.1% of all Boost users have the notepad.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of notepad.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is notepad.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00832% CPU83191.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.6 MB RAM16.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
              32 GDI objects21.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          22 context switches/sec22.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Notepad?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: notepad.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Notepad
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 5.1.2600.5877 (xpsp_sp3_qfe.090916-1338)
Product version: 5.1.2600.5877
Size: 213.5 KB
Original file name: NOTEPAD.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0180694938%
Privileged CPU: 0.0097503704%
User CPU: 0.00831912336119%
Privileged CPU time: 1109375 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Context switches /sec: 22
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 51.96 MB
Peak committed memory: 75.99 MB
Paged memory: 3.6 MB
Peak paged memory: 28.59 MB
Paged system memory: 102.02 KB
Non-paged system memory: 2.7 KB
Working set memory: 1.84 MB
Peak working set memory: 6.64 MB
Min working set memory: 560 KB
Private memory: 3.6 MB
Page faults: 2,278
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 6
Total read transfer: 408 Bytes
Total write operations: 13
Total write transfer: 1.16 KB
Total other operations: 487
Total other transfer: 3.36 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 32
USER objects: 21
Handle count average: 64
Thread count average: 1

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Process Command
"C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE" C:\DOCUME~1\user\LocalS~1\Temp\7zO2FCB.tmp\README.txt

Shell open command details

Name: batfile
Command: NOTEPAD.EXE %1

Image hashes

MD5: 87048de5afe9a7c361551f28b6f9bc1e
SHA-1: 857fc5668d9ef68780e31b8e8e74df9070c59d3e

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.86730
File packed: No
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