You need to run regedit. Type regedit in the search bar in your start menu.
Next, navigate to the following key:
Change to StatusBar DWORD value from 0 to 1 and press enter.
Press F5 to refresh registry.
Now load a notepad file and you will see status bar enabled. You cannot uncheck it.
This is by design, as usual, by Microsoft.
Answered January 30, 2017