How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10

This Itechguide teaches you how to reinstall notepad in Windows 10. Notepad is pre-installed as a Windows optional feature. However, for some reason, it sometimes disappears.

In this guide, I will show you three methods to reinstall notepad in Windows 10.

How To Reinstall Notepad From Windows Optional Features

How To Reinstall Notepad From Windows Optional Features

The fastest method to reinstall notepad in Windows 10 is via the Windows optional features. Follow the steps below to reinstall notepad with this method:

  1. Enter manage optional features in the Windows 10 search box. Then, from the search results, select Manage optional features.
How To Reinstall Notepad From Windows Optional Features
  1. When the Optional features settings screen opens, click Add a feature.
  1. Then, on the search box that is displayed, enter notepad. When Notepad is displayed, check the box beside it. Finally, to install the optional app, on the bottom left of the screen, click Install – see the second screenshot below.
How To Reinstall Notepad From Windows Optional Features
  1. Finally, wait for the installation to complete. If prompted, restart the computer.

How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With Dism Command

How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With Dism Command

You can also reinstall notepad with the Dism command. If you prefer command line, follow the steps below to reinstall notepad.

  1. Search command prompt. Command prompt should be selected in the search result – beneath the app, click Run as administrator.
How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With Dism Command
Before you install notepad with Dism, you need to get the Dism capability identity for notepad.
  1. To get the capability identity for Notepad, enter the command below. Then, press the enter key on your keyboard.
DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities | find "Notepad"

The command will display the Capability Identity of the app. You will need it to to install notepad.

How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With Dism Command
  1. Finally, to install notepad in Windows 10 with Dism, enter the command in the command prompt – then, press the enter key on your keyboard. Wait for the command to complete – reach 100%.
Note the capability name from the last command
Dism /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Microsoft.Windows.Notepad~~~~0.0.1.0

When the command completes, notepad will be available on your Windows 10 PC.

How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With PowerShell

How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With PowerShell

If you are a Windows administrator, you will be excited to know that you can reinstall notepad in Windows 10 with PowerShell. Even though you are not a Windows admin, you can still use this method to reinstall notepad.

Here are the steps to reinstall notepad with PowerShell:

  1. Enter powershell in the Windows 10 search. Then, right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.
How To Reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 With PowerShell

Before you install notepad with PowerShell, you need to first get the name.

  1. To get the name of notepad with PowerShell, enter the command below in PowerShell. Then, press the enter key on your keyboard.
Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "*notepad*"}

The command will display the name as “Microsoft.Windows.Notepad~~~~0.0.1.0”. You will need this for the next command.

2. Finally, to reinstall notepad in Windows 10 with PowerShell, enter the command below and press enter.

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Microsoft.Windows.Notepad~~~~0.0.1.0

Wait for the command to complete.

When the installation is completed, PowerShel will display some status information – which will include whether the reinstallation requires a restart.

As you can see from the screenshot below, RestartNeeded is False. This means that you do not need to restart your computer.

I hope you were able to reinstall Notepad In Windows 10 with one of the 3 methods discussed in this guide. I also hope you found the guide easy to understand and helpful.

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Finally, for more Windows 10 Itechguides, visit our Windows 10 How-To page.

To learn more about the DISM command, see DISM Capabilities Package Servicing Command-Line Options. You may also read more about Get-WindowsCapability and Add-WindowsCapability PowerShell commands.

Victor Ashiedu

Victor Ashiedu is the Managing Editor of Itechguides.com. Before he started Itechguides.com, he worked in IT for close to 20 years. Having done all things tech all his career, he now focuses on making tech easier for others. Victor writes "How to" guides, "Fix it" guides, reviews and buying guides.

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