I've read that I can get poledit.exe from Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, but have been unable to figure out how.

I've downloaded the service pack from Microsoft's website, "W2KSP4_EN.EXE", and extracted it using the "/x" option on the command line:

  W2KSP4_EN.EXE /x

Which produced an i386 folder with a bunch of files in it, but poledit.exe isn't there. Theres a "poledit.ex_", but changing the "_" to an "e" and trying to execute it results in the error:

The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction.

I'm trying to do this on a winXP Pro machine. I know I've gotten this to work before, but don't remember how I did it. What am I missing?


I think you need to use the expand.exe utlity to decompress that file.

  • I tried "expand.exe w2ksp4_en.exe extracted" and it just copied the entire file into the "extracted" directory, without extracting it. – Nick Jun 3 '10 at 20:06
  • @Nick: I believe you use expand on the extracted poledit.ex_ file, not on the service pack file. – MattB Jun 4 '10 at 13:38
  • Yes indeed, "expand.exe poledit.ex_ poledit.exe" as i remember. – Maxwell Jun 4 '10 at 14:41

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