1903 Notepad.exe is missing icons.

I noticed that after the update to windows 10 pro 64bit to version 1903 that the Notepad.exe shortcut I had on my desktop had no icon.  when I double click it... Notepad does indeed run. 

So I alternate clicked the shortcut and looked at the properties

what I discovered was that the shortcut in my start menu points to c:\windows\system32

and my shortcut that was made before the update to 1903 points to c:\windows

In the image above it shows that the notepad.exe in the original location actually has a newer version number and no icon

I am not sure if this is an oversight or if the file was corrupted when I upgraded to 1903

Can anyone verify the notepad.exe duality?

Thanks

Hi MYOBU,

I have also recently updated my computer to 1903 and the notepad.exe is the same as yours.

I would recommend using the new version which is stored in the c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe

The newer version has new features. so Would recommend this one as Microsoft would only support the newer one going forward if you have upgrade to a newer OS.

Let us know if i can be of further help.

Thanks
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Hi MYOBU

Have you tried creating as new Desktop shortcut on your Desktop to see if the correct icon does appear on that . . .

Even though there is a new version of Notepad in version 1903 of Windows 10 with some added functionality, that should not affect the icon . .

From your screenshots, I cannot see that location change you refer to, if there is a newer version of Notepad on your PC, it should still be in the System32 folder, though you should check if there is also a version in just the Windows folder . . .
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Hi DaveM121,

I have the same problem here after updating my windows 10 pro using iso file image on the hard drive, now am like MYOBU here, the thing is we have 2 notepad.exe , one is located at the old path at c:\windows ---> this is the one missing the icon , and the new one that jwilliams786 talked about in system32 ---> this one have the icon

so now the question is how to delete notepad.exe that is in c:\windows  ? cuz whenever I try to do this even as an admin I get the message:

you need permission to perform this action

- is there is a way to delete it ?

thank you.

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update

following the instruction in this page

https://windowsreport.com/access-is-denied-windows-10/

i found out that notepad.exe owner was set to trustedinstaller, so by just following the guide and changed the owner to my account then I was able to delete the c:\windows\notepad.exe and now using the one in system32.

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