I haven’t tried this but here’s a possible solution:
If you’re not going to use the new features (Cortana integration, Ink)
of the modern Sticky Notes app, you can get the classic desktop
version (StickNot.exe) after upgrading to the Windows 10 anniversary
update (v1607) build.
If the C:\Windows.old…Windows\System32 directory is still intact,
simply copy “StikyNot.exe” to your Windows\System32 folder and create
a shortcut to it on your desktop. Also, make sure you copy
StikyNot.exe.mui file from “Windows\System32\en-US” folder (for
English language version of Windows), and place it in the same path in
the target computer. The program still works in Windows 10 version
Another option would be to obtain the ISO image of 10586.494
(preferably) and extract the two files StikyNot.exe and
StikyNot.exe.mui using 7-Zip or similar archive utility.
If none of those options are feasible, you may download it from this
Update (2018): The link for the download appears to be fixed!
Since the other solution didn’t work for me (if you do not have sntsearch.dll, then you will not be able to close sticky notes or change their colors), I will share what I found that worked:
Go to C:\ and find a folder called Windows.old It should have been created after the update.
Go to C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\System32 find and copy these two files:
Go to C:\Windows\System32 and paste the two files you just copied.
Go to C:\Windows.old\WINDOWS\System32\en-US find and copy these two files:
The folder en-US will vary depending on your system language, for instance: es-ES for spanish.
Go to C:\Windows\System32\en-US and paste the two files you just copied.
Now let’s add Sticky Notes back to the start menu where it used to be. Go to C:\Windows\System32 and find StikyNot.exe then right click on it, on the menu that pops up, click on Send To>Desktop (create shortcut)
Go to your desktop, the Sticky Notes shortcut should be there. Rename it to whatever you want.
Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories (You will need to enable show hidden files in order to find this path. Here a tutorial on how to do it:
Copy the shortcut from the desktop and paste it here.
Done! Now the sticky notes should be in the Start Menu under Windows Accessories, and you can also find it by using the Start Menu search box
Note: If for whatever reason you don’t have the Windows.old folder, you can download the files from this tutorial at step 3: http://www.techflute.com/how-to-add-sticky-notes-to-windows-server-2012/
For your convenience, here is a direct link to the mentioned download: http://techflute.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/StickyNotes(TechFlute.com).rar
You will need to have WinRAR or some other program that can extract a .rar file.