Instant crash at launch

  • Help, no matter how many time I wipe and reinstall (now at v. 6.8.3), nor whether I launch as user or admin, a window never appears. Process Hacker/manager shows a process named “notepad++.exe” came into existence and ended right away,. Win 8.1 64bit. I had manually cleared %AppData%\Roaming\Notepad++ and remnants under C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++ (including old *.xml , plugins, etc.), Take Ownership of those dirs, but nothing seemed to matter before retrying.

    Event Log had:
    Faulting application name: notepad++.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x55e8c674
    Faulting module name: unknown, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
    Exception code: 0xc000041d
    Fault offset: 0x773b0309
    Faulting process id: 0x1a60
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d0f96c2ff3b77b
    Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Faulting module path: unknown
    Report Id: 6e8c4b7b-655f-11e5-82a2-f4b7e28801ee
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:

    Fault bucket 107573163618, type 1
    Event Name: APPCRASH
    Response: Not available
    Cab Id: 0

    Problem signature:
    P1: notepad++.exe
    P3: 55e8c674
    P4: StackHash_66dd
    P6: 00000000
    P7: c000041d
    P8: PCH_03_FROM_SciLexer+0x0003555E

    Attached files:

    These files may be available here:

    Analysis symbol:
    Rechecking for solution: 0
    Report Id: 6e8c4b7b-655f-11e5-82a2-f4b7e28801ee
    Report Status: 0
    Hashed bucket: 6266d015343a04260812526963d07c3e

    but no solutions had ever come from Microsoft, despite their auto-error upload/checking.
    This has been going on for about 2-3 month now, not sure. My Windows OS is pretty new and clean…I am not about to muck with drivers, reinstalling it/snapshot rollback, etc.

  • At my wit’s end, I exhaustively moved aside files one by one in C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++
    to see was preventing startup (without even an error box).
    Finally, moving plugins/NppExternalLexers.dll into the disabled folder made the program reappear, with old session, styles and all!

  • I confirm this issue.

    Today I have installed PowerShell Lexer thru Plugin Manager and after restart Notepad++ could not launch.
    Investigating the “plugin” folder (inside the Notepadd++ installation) I found (by observing Date Installed/Modified ) this NppExternalLexers.dll file. After moving it to the “disabled” folder Notepad++ can launch without any problem.

  • @Levan-Kekelidze

    did the same right now and don’t have the problem.

    Notepad++ v6.9
    Build time : Feb 21 2016 - 21:27:55
    Path : D:\ProgramData\notepad++_newest\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : ON
    OS : Windows 7
    Plugins : AnalysePlugin.dll ColorPicker.dll ComparePlugin.dll CustomizeToolbar.dll Demo.dll Explorer.dll LanguageHelp.dll LuaScript.dll mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll NppExec.dll NppExport.dll NppExternalLexers.dll NppFTP.dll PluginManager.dll PreviewHTML.dll PythonScript.dll PythonShell.dll SpellChecker.dll XMLTools.dll


  • I know it is an old post, but in my case the offending plugin was NppFTP. Moving it to the “disabled” folder did the job.
    If I try to install it again, the same behaviour occurs: crash on start-up.
    As I don’t use it, I’ll leave it as disabled.

    I hope it is useful for someone.

  • nppftp with which version of n++? Current 7.3.1? Could you add the debug info like above about the used vesions and the installed plugins apart from nppftp.

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