Old Classic Sticky Notes for Windows 10

Starting in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft replaced the classic desktop Sticky Notes app with a Universal app. For many users, the classic Desktop app is the more preferable option. It works faster, starts faster and has no Cortana integration. If you want to get the Classic Sticky Notes app in Windows 10, then read on.


With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft discontinued the classic Desktop app "Sticky Notes". Now, its place is taken by a new app with the same name. The new Sticky Notes app is a Universal (UWP) app, which comes with different features but as is Microsoft's way of doing things, it doesn't include all the features of the classic app. For example, the new app lets you create Cortana reminders from your notes. You can type a phone number and have it recognize it, and recognize URLs too which you can open in Edge. You can create check lists and use it with Windows Ink. Starting in version 3.0, the modern Sticky Notes app includes a dark theme, the ability to sync notes between your devices, and tons of other new features.

Sticky Notes 3 Home Page

However, a lot of users are not happy with this new change. Many prefer the good old classic Sticky Notes app. It consumes notably less system resources. It starts immediately and works much faster. The performance difference is especially visible on less powerful hardware like Atom and Celeron CPUs. The notes themselves are also a bit smaller, so users like their compact appearance more.

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The old app does not depend on Cortana and Windows Ink, which also makes it useful for privacy-conscious people.

Starting in Windows 10 build 17763, version 1809 "October 2018 Update", the classic Sticky Notes app has stopped working. Here is a new package that resolves the issue. Thanks to the guys "bobbynetteuh" and "WildByDesign", MDL, for their research.

Get Old Classic Sticky Notes for Windows 10

  1. Download the installer from this website: Download Classic Sticky Notes for Windows 10
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Just follow the instructions on the screen. The installer will extract all the necessary files quickly and create a shortcut on the desktop and in the Start menu.
  4. The Desktop shortcut is optional, you can choose to not create it.

That's it.

The screenshots were made in Windows 10 build 18247.

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The package supports both Windows 10 32-bit and Windows 10 64-bit. It comes with almost the full set of MUI files, so it will be in your native language out-of-the-box. The following locale list is supported:


You can uninstall the app any time from Settings - Apps and features:

The installer is built using genuine files from Windows 10. They are not modified and have not been tampered with. The installer doesn't modify any file or the Registry on your computer. The only reason I made it was to install the required MUI files in their proper location. Only the language applicable to your OS will be installed, so you will not get extra MUI files that you do not need.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “Old Classic Sticky Notes for Windows 10”

  1. I’m a huge fan of the Old Calculator, and if I wasn’t using Memento (which is even more minimal), I’d definitely be using this.

    Do you have any plans creating an installer around the old Windows Photo Viewer or Snipping Tool when they’ll eventually will be gone?

  2. Thank You for creating this great installer. I can confirm this works great under Windows 10 Version 1803 Build 17134.345. A user was using Sticky Notes from Windows 7 and we could not get the previous files to open up under the new updated sticky notes on the new Windows 10 system. After using your installer and copying the .snt file (from %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\) she is now able to use All of notes from her previous system under Windows 10.

    I have confirmed that new notes can be created and removed just like it used to do.

    Thanks again for creating this and posting it for all of us!

  3. Does it work on Windows 7 Starter? Starter doesn’t have some apps from premium versions, and now I’m trying to get sticky notes.

    Btw, your Win7 Games package works on Win7. They were located in the same Games folder!

  4. Hey Im a fan of this software and your whole useful other apps, but question , is there any way I could import old notes to this app?

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