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Windows 7: Vista or "old" Wordpad on Windows7?

21 Mar 2010   #1
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Vista or "old" Wordpad on Windows7?

Is there a way to put the "old" Wordpad on Windows7? I hate that ribbon thing and would really rather use a program with a normal menu.


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21 Mar 2010   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Looks like Atlantis Nova freebie is the closest I can get.

I'm just trying it now. Already I like not having the ribbon.

http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/nova.htm
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21 Mar 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try to replace the wordpad.exe which is in "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe" with the Vista model. In Vista you find it in the same place. But save the Win7 model somewhere, just in case it does not work.

PS: I just played with it. Unfortunately the Trusted Installer is in the way. Here is how you can get control of the file: (source: Microsoft forum - lost the link)

1. At an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
takeown /f Path_And_File_Name
For example, type takeown /f E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll.
2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to grant administrators full access to the file:
icacls Path_And_File_Name /GRANT ADMINISTRATORS:F
For example, type icacls E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll /grant administrators:F.
3. Type the following command to replace the file with a known good copy of the file:
Copy Path_And_File_Name_Of_Source_File Path_And_File_Name_Of_Destination
For example, type copy E:\temp\jscript.dll E:\windows\system32\jscript.dll.

However, be careful with this method. This is no childs play.
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21 Mar 2010   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I tried using Take Ownership shell extension. I renamed the original with a _SAVE suffix, and copied the Vista 32 bit one in. But when I double clicked I got "cannot create new document" or some similar error.

I ended up just getting a freebie .rtf editor. The WordPad in Vista64 is less than 1 MB. The one in Windows7 32 bit is 4 MB. Seems kind of strange. Unless the freebie starts acting up, it looks like my problem is solved though.
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21 Mar 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks for the report. Apparently the .exe cannot operate in an alien environment. Maybe one has to copy the en_US folder too. But since your problem seems to be solved, we'll stop experimenting (although I like that).
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22 Mar 2010   #6
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Did you know that you can select to minimize the ribbon, and it disappears?
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22 Mar 2010   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
Did you know that you can select to minimize the ribbon, and it disappears?
Then what? Does it give the standard menu? I didn't see such a setting. Maybe you can tell me how to get it?
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