You can restore WordPad in Windows 11 24H2 | Laptop News

Windows 11 24H2 is a big update that focuses on fixing rough edges and adding features to inbox apps. This update also integrates AI. Sadly, it removes all the deprecated apps, including WordPad, which deserves a second chance.

WordPad was one of the few apps that could read documents in Rich Text Format (RTF) and came pre-installed with Windows. It didn’t rely on the web and helped open text and RTF files locally. While you can also use Notepad, WordPad supports images, text with colors, better formatting, and more.

Microsoft has purged WordPad after decades without citing any concrete reason. However, bringing back the old text editor app in Windows 11 24H2 is possible. WordPad’s core app files were in the Accessories folder inside the Windows NT folder in the C drive. This means you can manually move the .exe, and it will work on any version of Windows.

The complete path is “C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories.” All the folders are still there, but the WordPad files are missing in Windows 11 24H2.

Fortunately, you can restore the WordPad app to Windows 11 2024 Update by simply re-adding all the core app files to the Accessories folder.

But where to find them? Until Windows 11 23H2, the files were still there, and Windows Latest created a backup archive.

You can download the archive from here. It contains the following files:

  • en-US folder with wordpad.exe.mui
  • wordpad.exe
  • WordpadFilter.dll

After downloading the archive, extract the contents, and paste all these files inside the Accessories folder.

Then, run Wordpad by double-clicking on the wordpad.exe file. You can pin it to the Taskbar or add it to the Start menu by modifying the Programs folder.

Since it won’t appear in the Start menu search results, pinning…

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