"Notepad++ takes too long to start"
Don't how many plug-ins you load, but my Notepad++ start is instantaneous.
I don't advocate to make Notepad a bloated application, but it lacks features you expect from a text editor today. And the average computer is enough powerful to not blink if they're added.
For example, it can't become stuck if you open a large file. It needs better search (and maybe replace) features. Some syntax highlighting would be welcome.