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Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 08:27 AM

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows experience has been put on the chopping block: Microsoft Paint.
 
First released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985, Paint in its various guises would be one of the first graphics editors used by many and became a core part of Windows. Starting life as a 1-bit monochrome licensed version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush, it wasn’t until Windows 98 that Paint could save in JPEG.
 
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, released in April, Microsoft introduced the new Paint 3D, which is installed alongside traditional Paint and features 3D image making tools as well as some basic 2D image editing. But it is not an update to original Paint and doesn’t behave like it.
 
Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list.

 

 

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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034825/features-that-are-removed-or-deprecated-in-windows-10-fall-creators-up


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:09 AM

Damn, MS Paint on Windows 98 is probably the first computer program I have ever run...



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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:13 AM

Well, since mspaint.exe is a standalone program it's a simple enough matter to copy it off to another drive for safekeeping then copy it back and run it like you would any other portable program.

 

I've been doing the same with MS-Photo Editor for ages since it's got the best "set transparency" feature I've ever found in terms of ease of use.


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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:22 AM

Well, there's a slight hitch in that gitty-up.  I'm getting an "Unable to create new document" error with copies, whether run normally or as administrator.

 

I seem to recall having the same issue way back when with MS-Photo-Editor but cannot recall how I resolved it.


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 06:03 PM

MS Paint is back from the dead. PR stunt?

 

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/24/ms-paint-stay/#4IALziHcmb78pQvl.97



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 06:06 PM

Well, in that case...:lmao:


Edited by Just_One_Question, 25 July 2017 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 09:41 PM

What great news John! Generation Z will have the chance to enjoy the charm and simplicity of Ms Paint! The children in the computer lab couldn't wait for the holidays, as the week before a holiday they got to spend their computer lab time creating masterpieces in paint. Not only did they continue to learn skills to maneuver around a "software program" and to work on their hand eye coordination with the mouse, they had the freedom to use their imagination without any rules! It was a blast and...no spilled paint! (I sure have had plenty of paint hours too!)



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Posted 27 July 2017 - 06:15 PM

Well, there's a slight hitch in that gitty-up.  I'm getting an "Unable to create new document" error with copies, whether run normally or as administrator.

 

I seem to recall having the same issue way back when with MS-Photo-Editor but cannot recall how I resolved it.

Did you copy the mspaint.exe.mui from \Windows\System32\en-US?  Also there is this registry entry.  I have NOT tried it yet.  Which windows has NO paint?

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Edited by dhagerjohns, 27 July 2017 - 06:24 PM.


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Posted 27 July 2017 - 06:25 PM

No, I simply copied mspaint.exe and mspaint64.exe from their respective folders.  Copying the respective mui files doesn't help, either.

 

But now that it's been announced that "Paint Classic" will be a free app from the Windows App Store the need is moot.


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 09:40 AM

It's not dead, just being moved to the Windows Store. :)



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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:36 PM

I use mspaint for fast creation of jpg from screenshots opening gimp or photoshop or a vector draw program is too much for just get a medium quality screenshoot.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:15 PM

Having never heard of it before, britechguy, what is ms-photo-editor?. Which OS was it built into? I had always though ms-paint was the only image editing program that came with windows, crude as it is for that, if you ignore the picture viewing tools which can do basic resizing and such but not much else.

Far in the past I used to use ms paint as a photo-editor, once did a stop-motion film with it when I was young.

Edited by rp88, 12 August 2017 - 07:18 PM.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:22 PM

rp88:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Photo_Editor

 

I knew that I'd had this since the Windows XP era and that it was an "add-on" utility of MS-Office, but that was about it.  I still use it and it's "Set Transparent" feature is the easiest I have ever found and allows very precise control over what gets set as transparent throughout the entire photo based on relative closeness in color to the pixel selected, from a perfect match only up to +/- 10%.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:29 PM

Hi britechguy...bummer that I missed the ad-on utility from your post #13!  This year I migrated to Office 2013, reading your link, it's not available within the 2013 version.

 

I'm so curious, do you still use it (other than Office 2003?) Meaning, have you found a way to edit the registry to keep using it, or another method? I sure hope so, I'd like to check it out.

 

Thanks.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:32 PM

It works stand alone.  I still use it for specific purposes just like I use Paint for specific purposes.


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