on some Windows 7 machine, notepad.exe can launch from desktop but lots of Windows 7 machine, no matter x86 or x64, it cannot start. no error no warning, just silently quit, like you never click on it before.

Is there any policy or system setting to block this?

I thought it is quite common to copy notepad.exe to anyplace and run it, lots of Windows installer sample do this.

  • I've never experienced this behavior. Are you sure you're not doing something else wrong ?
    – Heandel
    May 4, 2011 at 7:29
  • Yes, we tried on several machine inside company. some machine can do the copy and run, some machine copy and run failed. so funny.
    – welemon
    May 4, 2011 at 7:50
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    I think it's much more likely that a "Windows installer" is actually creating a shortcut to notepad.exe on the desktop or in the Start menu, rather than actually copying the Notepad executable itself. I can't think of a good reason why copying the executable would somehow be better than creating a shortcut. How are you creating the desktop icon?
    – boot13
    May 4, 2011 at 16:14
  • Did you try creating a shortcut by right clicking anywhere on the Desktop, choosing create new item, new shortcut and pointing the source to C:\Windows\Systems32\notepad.exe with whatever name you wish?
    – Darius
    May 4, 2011 at 16:54

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While you probably shouldn't copy the notepad.exe file around, when you do you need to also copy the mui files from xx-yy\notepad.exe.mui to the same relative location (where xx-yy is the language code such as en-US).


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