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Windows 7: where is edit.com or edit.exe?


30 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
where is edit.com or edit.exe?

I wonder if on Windows 7 64 bit they did away with the venerable old DOS edit.com or edit.exe (I forget if it was ever an exe file, seems like it was). I know it was there in Windows 7 32 bit.
I can't find it anywhere on my new HP dv7 laptop. I can use textpad I guess but for quick and dirty editing of a new file, I found edit to be perfect.


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30 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

64 bit Windows will not run 16 bit programs. To run 16 bit apps, such as the old .com dos stuff, you need to use an emulator, such as DosBox.

edit: for small powerful command line editor you may want to try vim

It has many implementations. 16 bit Dos ones as well as 32 bit Windows. It's a port of the vi editor that I ran into on Linux. I started using it enough that I found myself rapidly jumping between command and edit mode without having to think about it. I was afraid of going schizo. So I gave it up. But it's way more powerful than Dos edit. You can rearrange whole paragraphs and make complex substitutions using a few commands that you can't do in free Windows editors I've seen. Most Windows editors that have similar capabilities cost $150 or more.

edit2: now that I look at the vim page again, seems it also comes in native 64 bit Windows versions.
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