Notepad++ 7 - 64-bit Available

  • @donho Possible issue with v7? See:

    Can’t replicate the issue myself.

  • Installing 64-bit on 64-bit Windows with 32-bit Notepad++ already installed ends up with two installations because the 64-bit installer doesn’t check to see if there is already a 32-bit version installed.

    The 32-bit install ends up in C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++ and the 64-bit install ends up in C:\Program Files\Notepad++ as you would expect.

    Not necessarily a problem but when you then uninstall the 32-bit version it also removes the various configuration files like config.xml, session.xml, etc. located in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++.

    I would have preferred to keep my history and session data.

    In other words, both 32-bit and 64-installs point to the same C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Notepad++ path so running either uninstall will remove all of these files.

    On another machine I copied the existing 32-bit NPP config.xml and session.xml files to a temporary location and then removed 32-bit NPP before installing 64-bit NPP. Then I opened the old config.xml and session.xml and copied in the session data and history data into the new 64-bit installed ones which worked fine and didn’t seem to trouble NPP. Note I was careful with what I copied and where I pasted.

    It would be nice if the 64-bit installer handled an existing config.xml and/or session.xml file differently. Maybe ask if you want to preserve you current session and history data?

  • @jNizM Thank you for making Notepad++ crash !
    it’ll be fixed in the next release.

  • In addition to the issues brought up by Eric Winn, the file association is unable to switched to the 64-bit version, even if I rename the 32-bit version folder to something else. Not sure if this is a Windows 7 64 bit problem or Notepad++ problem.

  • @Salimsg-Ibrahim Could you povide the step-by-step instuctions so I can repoduce it?

  • @dail Thank you for infos. I cannot reproduce it either.
    I’ll stay tightly on this issue.

  • Hi i’m try to install notepad++ 7 x64 from command line with this switches but it will not install in this folder why? npp.7.Installer.x64.exe /S /D=C:\Program Files\Plus!\Notepad++

  • Thank you for the response. I am using Windows 7 64-bit and Notepad++ 6.9.2, which is located at C:\notepad++\notepad++.exe. After installing Notepad++ 7 64-bit, it is now located at C:\Program Files\notepad++\notepad++.exe. Right-click a .txt file to open with> choose a default program> open notepad++.exe in C:\Program Files\notepad++.
    However it is the 6.9.2 version that is called up. What I did was to rename C:\notepad++ folder to something else. Try right-click again to open with> choose a default program> goes to C:\Program Files\notepad++ folder. Problem is notepad++.exe does not appear in windows 7 open with windows anymore.

  • Hi Don, I solved my problem. This is the solution:

    The program that you’re pointing to isn’t registered correctly.

    In regedit: Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications and find your .exe name.
    Navigate under its name to shell>open>command. In the Default change its location to the actual location of the executable, hit okay and then try and reassociate the file type as you normally would.

  • @Eric-Winn
    You are pointing out an issue where there may be some incoherence.

    Indeed there are 2 scenarios :
    if user download installer for 64-bit and install it without remove old 32-bit one, both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries will stay in C:\Program Files (x86)\ and C:\Program Files\ respectively.

    OTOH, if user uninstalls 32-bit version before installing 64-bit version, all the settings will be gone. But user is aware of what they do so it’s a normal behaviour to me.

    I have no yet idea to solve this issue. If anyone in here has a thought, please let me know.

  • @donho

    I’ve seen some uninstallers ask the user whether they’d like to keep their configuration files. Not sure how easy this would be.

  • @dail How about remove automatically the 32-bit version while installing 64-bit version and vice versa?

  • I’m curious how other applications work that have both 32bit and 64bit installations.

    How about remove automatically the 32-bit version while installing 64-bit version and vice versa?

    That might be a good solution (possibly ask/warn the user?). Either way, I think a couple of things have to be considered:

    1. If 32bit and 64bit are allowed to be installed simultaneously:
    • Users might get confused. Using the windows shell to edit a file with Notepad++ might not always use the one they want.
    • At least all the config files should be compatible between 32bit and 64bit which is good.
    • Plugins will be different between the two. Also, if plugins are allowed to be loaded from %APPDATA% do 32 and 64bit try to load the same plugins? This could be a problem.
    1. If only one of either 32bit or 64bit is allowed to be install:
    • I’m sure someone will complain, but you can’t please all users :)
    • I’ve found it useful so that I can test 32bit and 64bit plugins…but there are several other ways to do this so not a big deal.

  • Macro recording, hang the whole

  • Crashes when recording a macro. Usually when you type a \ for a special character.

    I’ve reverted to 6.9.2

  • No PlugIn Manager?

    I assume it’s been left out until PlugIns are available…but shouldn’t it just list those available for 64 bit…meaning it should be there.

    Many thanks by the way,

  • @dail Good point!
    What’s your suggestion then?

  • @donho Under normal circumstances I don’t think users will need both. However, forcing a user to use just one might not be a good idea since there may be good reason to have both installed.

    So this is my suggestion (feel free to use it, or do something completely different :))

    • During installation (e.g. of 64bit Notepad++ version)
      • Check to see if 32bit version is currently installed.
      • If so, warn the user that installing both may cause problems.
      • Ask the user if they want to uninstall the 32bit version.
      • During uninstall of 32bit version, give the user the option to keep their current settings. This would probably be easy if they are using %APPDATA% but if they are using a local conf mode then the xml files won’t be in the right place, they would be under C:\Program Files (x86)\...

    Again this is just my suggestion so feel free to do whatever you feel is appropriate, and others may have better ideas. I am not familiar with NSIS so I don’t know the details of how hard or easy all this would be.

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