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Teufelaffe
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Unable to launch Notepad++ after RDP reboot

I've been using Notepad++ Portable on a Windows server at work that I connect to via RDP. There were some issues with the server and they rebooted the machine without warning us, so Notepad++ Portable was running when the reboot occurred. Now, when I reconnect and try to run Notepad++ Portable, it get the error "Another instance of Notepad++ is already running. Please close other instances of Notepad++ before launching Notepad++ Portable."

There are no instances of Notepad++ running on the server; it's just been rebooted (and I've checked the processes tab of Task Manager to be sure). I've tried re-downloading Notepad++ Portable and running from the new download and I get the same message.

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Full Reset?

Did you try fully resetting by removing the Data directory? Note that you'll lose all your settings, of course, so you may want to back it up first.

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Removing the Data directory

Removing the Data directory does not change the behavior. However, if I run "notepad++.exe" from the App\Notepad++ directory instead of "Notepad++Portable.exe" from the main app directory, it launches without issue. So, I appear to have a workaround at least.

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Local Mode

If that is occurring, it is running in local mode.

I would highly suggest doing a full virus scan, a full disk scan for logical errors, and then rebooting again. Generally, this behavior only exhibits when apps are unable to set a mutex at the Windows level, which means something is screwy with the OS.

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