Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. February 18, 2003
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Editor Change
Windows uses NotePad as the default batch file editor. However, many people became accustomed to the old MS-DOS Edit program. If you fall into this group, you can make Edit.com your default editor. All you have to do is make a change to the Registry.

Click on Start, Run, type in RegEdit and click on OK. Navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\shell\edit\command.

In the right pane, double-click on the Default icon to open the Edit String dialog box. Type in c:\winnt\system32\edit.com and click on OK. Choose Registry, Exit to close RegEdit and then restart the computer. Now when you right-click on a batch file and choose Edit, the file will open in Edit.com.