Fix Sticky Notes Has Failed to Initialize | Restore Lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10

Tracy King updated on Jan 21, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

This article provides 4 methods to help you recover lost Windows 10 Sticky Notes and fix Sticky Notes failed to initialize error. EaseUS file recovery software will provide you a quick fix to recover lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10. Download it and follow to get your problems all solved right now.

"I received an error message that 'Sticky Notes has failed to initialize (Quite)' and I cannot open Sticky Notes in Windows 10. How can I fix this error and get lost Sticky Notes back?"

"I performed a system cleaning operation and the Sticky Notes got wiped out. Do I have a chance to restore the lost Sticky Notes back in Windows 10? How?"

If you are having Sticky Notes startup failure problem with "Sticky Notes has failed to initialize (Quite)" error message on your PC, or delete important Sticky Notes in Windows, relax. Here below, we have found relative solutions for you to fix Sticky Notes failure error and restore lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7 with ease.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from Notes folder Open the File Explorer and copy the address of StickyNotes.snt file. Then, open the file...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover with a file recovery tool You may try EaseUS file recovery software to find and restore the deleted or lost Sticky Notes back...Full steps
Fix 3. Run cmd to fix initialize error  Type cmd in the search and click Command Prompt; in Windows 10 bar. Select Run as Administrator...Full steps
Fix 4. Perform a clean boot  Type msconfig in search, tap System Configuration on the Service tab and select Hide all...Full steps

Method 1. Recover Lost Windows 10 Sticky Notes from Sticky Notes Folder

If you happen to delete desktop Sticky Notes in Windows 10, relax, you can get it back from the Sticky Notes folder:

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

You can also right-click on the StickyNotes.snt file and select Restore previous versions to recover the lost sticky notes.
Note: This may replace your current version of the StickyNotes file and nothing can be undone again.
Then you can open to access the restored content or reboot Windows 10 to get the previous version of your Sticky Notes on your desktop again.

Method 2. Recover lost Sticky Notes in Windows with file recovery software

If you fail to find StickyNotes.snt file in the folder, you may try a file recovery software 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.
Free download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow steps below to restore all lost Sticky Notes in Windows 10 now:

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card from which you want to perform data recovery, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the lost files you want to recover. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files.

Recover lost data

Method 3. Run CMD to fix Sticky Notes has failed to initialize (Quite) error 

  • Type: cmd in the search and click Command Prompt;
  • Select Run as Administrator;
  • Type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter;
  • Wait patiently to check the system file and fix Sticky Notes error in Windows 10.

Method 4. Troubleshoot Sticky Notes initialize error by a clean boot in Windows 10 

  • Type: msconfig in search, tap System Configuration on the Service tab and select Hide all Microsoft services;
  • Tap: Disable all;
  • Tap or click Open Task Manager in the System Configuration dialog box;
  • Select the item and click Disable, then close Task Manager;
  • On the Startup of System Configuration dialog box, tap OK and then restart the computer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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