Fix Notepad is missing after KB4565503 Windows 10 build 19041.388

Fix missing Notepad after installing KB4565503 Windows 10 build 19041.388, version 2004

Yesterday, Microsoft has released KB4565503 to Windows 10 version 2004. Users who have installed the update now report that it made Notepad and Paint vanish from the OS. If you are affected, a workaround is quite simple.

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Microsoft has made Notepad, Paint, and WordPad optional features in latest Windows 10 version. Notepad, in addition to this change, is also has its own place on the Microsoft Store. The latter change allows Microsoft to update the app separately from the OS.

Also, users can install or uninstall all three apps on demand. By default, the apps are preinstalled, i.e. bundled with the OS as it was in previous Windows releases.

It looks like there is a bug in Windows servicing that has come with latest cumulative updates. Users are now reporting that Notepad, and Paint for some, have been removed. It is easy to undone this change by performing the simple steps below.

To fix missing Notepad after KB4565503 Windows 10 build 19041.388,

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. On the right, click on Manage Optional features.Apps And Features Manage Optional Link Windows 10
  4. Click on Add a feature.Windows 10 Optional Features Add Feature
  5. Select Notepad from the list of available features.Windows 10 Reinstall Notepad
  6. Click on the Install button.
  7. This will install Notepad.

You are done!

If along or instead of Notepad, the buggy update has removed Microsoft Paint, you can also restore it by doing the same.

To fix missing Notepad after KB4565503 Windows 10 build 19041.388,

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
  3. Click on the Optional features link on the right.Windows 10 Optional Features Link
  4. On the next page, click on the button Add a feature.Windows 10 Add A Feature Button
  5. Finally, on the next page find the classic Paint app in the list and tick the checkbox at the left of it.Windows 10 Install Paint
  6. Click on the Install button.

You are done.

Actually, such removals had happened earlier, with KB4566866. For some users, KB4566866 which addresses the “Print spooler stopped unexpectedly” issue, had uninstalled Notepad. Prior to July's Patch Tuesday, the number of affected users was relatively small. However, it looks like the issue is now getting worse.

Source: Reddit. Thanks to GeekerMag for the heads-up.

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2 thoughts on “Fix Notepad is missing after KB4565503 Windows 10 build 19041.388

  1. Dave

    I just navigate to where I saved a copy of the old notepad.exe and pin it to the start menu.

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  2. Chris

    Doesn’t work here. Gives me an error when I try to enable the feature.

    The strangest thing is the new update didn’t even install – like many KB4565503 threw Windows Update into an endless loop of install/fail/download/install/fail.

    At the same time the integrated soft keyboard (TabTip.exe) became unusable and now refuses to popup when the taskbar icon is clicked.

    Weirder still I’ve got the same identical problems on two different PCs. The only thing they have in common is the May 2020 update. Go figure.

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