Changing permissions on an elevated task installed by the elevated installers service is difficult at best. Windows 7 x64. I took the path suggested.. I used Control Panel » Programs and Features to uninstall Notepad++.
Then went to the Notepad++ website and downloaded the zipped version with no installer.
Then used Windows Explorer to extract all files to the path
C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++ – the same as the original installer path.
Then I created a folder group in the All Programs section of the Start menu.
- Click Start menu
- Right click All programs
- Open All Users
- Click Programs
- Right click, New » Folder, enter
Then I used another Explorer window to create a shortcut to
notepad++.exe, then dragged and dropped that shortcut into the
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Notepad++, answering the Destination Folder Access Denied dialog box with Continue.
Next disable the AutoUpdate function for Plugins on Notepad++, like most software these days "Updates" are often "hostile" and carry a real degree of risk. For an application I prefer to know when an update occurs.. it is not a service so it is riskier to trust developers to properly test their code.
Go » Plugins » Plugin Manager » Show Plugins » Settings (lower left corner), there uncheck Notify of plugin updates at startup.
Now I can drag and drop again.
Now the Notepad++ process is not being run as an elevated task and other applications like Explorer are allowed to drag and drop files on the open Notepad++ program window to open them.