How to Fix Sticky Notes Has Failed to Initialize Error/ Not Opening

"I received an error message that 'Not able to launch Sticky Notes with the accessing files (Quit)' and I cannot open Sticky Notes in Windows 10. How can I fix this error and get lost Sticky Notes back?"

how to fix sticky notes error

If you are having a Sticky Notes startup failure problem with the "Not able to launch Sticky Notes with the accessing files (Quit)" error message on your PC or delete important Sticky Notes in Windows, relax. Here below, we have found relative solutions for you to fix the Sticky Notes failure error and restore lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7 with ease.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Run CMD to Fix Sticky Notes Type cmd in the search bar. Right-click Command Prompt and select...Full steps
Fix 2. Repair Sticky Notes Press Windows key+I to open the Settings window. Click on "Apps"...Full steps
Fix 3. Reset Sticky Notes In the Settings window, click on "Apps & features" on the left pane of Settings...Full steps

Recover Lost Windows 10/11 Sticky Notes (First Step)

If you happen to delete desktop Sticky Notes in Windows 10, relax, you can get it back from the Sticky Notes folder (please have a backup of sticky notes before doing this).

recover Sticky Notes from its backup location

  • Open the File Explorer and copy: %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt in the address bar;
  • Find and open StickyNotes.snt file with Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Wordpad;
  • View and find lost notes in the .snt file, copy the exact notes that you lost, and paste them to a new Sticky Notes so to recover it then.

If you fail to find StickyNotes.snt file in the folder, you may try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard offered by EaseUS to find and restore the deleted or lost Sticky Notes back in Windows 10. Other Windows system users can also apply this software to recover lost Sticky Notes.

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Free download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the steps below to restore all lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10 now:

Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

Recover lost data

After you have recovered Sticky Notes from your computer, you can fix the "Not able to launch Sticky Notes with the accessing files (Quit)" error with the solutions below.

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Fix 1. Run CMD to Fix Can't Open Sticky Notes in Windows 10

If you can't launch Sticky Notes (Start > Sticky Notes) even after restart your PC. You can also try this method to fix Sticky Notes not opening.

Step 1. Type cmd in the search.

type cmd in the search bar

Step 2. Right-click Command Prompt and select "Run as Administrator".

click run as administrator

Step 3. Type sfc /scannow and hit "Enter".

run sfc to fix sticky notes not opening error

Wait patiently to check the system file and fix the Sticky Notes error in Windows 10.

Fix 2. Repair Sticky Notes with Windows 10/11 Built-in Tool

Windows 10 has a built-in tool that can repair application errors with simple steps. If you are faced with a Sticky Notes error, you can try this method.

Step 1. Press Windows key+I to open the Settings window. Click on "Apps".

click on apps

Step 2. In the Settings window, click on "Apps & features" on the left pane of Settings.

Step 3. Now, scroll down through the right side of the Settings window, type "Sticky Notes" in the search box.

Sticky Notes will appear in the search result.

Step 4. Click on "Sticky Notes" to select it and then click on "Advanced options".

open advanced options

Step 5. In the Sticky Notes settings window, scroll down and then click "Repair" to repair Sticky Notes.

repair sticky notes

Fix 3. Reset Sticky Notes to Fix Sticky Notes Error

If Method 2 doesn't work, you can reset Sticky Notes to get help. Resetting will remove all the data from Sticky Notes. If there is anything important, make sure to back it up somewhere safe.

Step 1. Press Windows key+I to open the Settings window. Click on "Apps".

Step 2. In the Settings window, click on "Apps & features" on the left pane of Settings.

Step 3. Now, scroll down through the right side of the Settings window, type "Sticky Notes" in the search box.

Step 4. Click on "Sticky Notes" to select it and then click on "Advanced options".

Step 5. In the Sticky Notes settings window, scroll down and then click "Reset" to reset Sticky Notes on your computer.

reset sticky notes to fix sticky notes not opening

Extra Tips: Back Up and Restore Sticky Notes

You can make a backup of your Sticky Notes to avoid Sticky Notes data loss. You can easily use EaseUS backup and recovery software to browse and locate the Sticky Notes, then select to back them up with the following steps:

Step 1. Click "Select backup contents" to initiate a backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Local and network files will be displayed on the left side. You may extend the directory to choose which files to back up.

File backup

Step 4. Select the location where you want to store the backup by following the on-screen instructions.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with a password in "Backup Options," and to setup a backup schedule and choose to initiate a backup at a certain event in "Backup Scheme." There are a variety of other customization options available for the backup process.

Backup options

Step 5. You may save the backup to a local disk, EaseUS' online service, or a NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to a third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add your account, and then log in.

Backup to cloud
You can also save backups to EaseUS's cloud storage service. Sign up for an EaseUS Account and log in after clicking EaseUS Cloud.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. To begin backup, click "Backup Now" Once the backup process has been finished, it will be shown as a card on the panel's left side. To further manage a backup job, right-click it.

File backup step7

Conclusion

Whenever you are faced with a Sticky Notes error, you can try these solutions above. Remember, recover data before you take action. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can not only recover lost Sticky Notes but also restore deleted photos, videos, Word documents, and more.
 

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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