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XP rant & where to get Paint download?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by cassandra, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. cassandra


    Mar 28, 2007
    That "clean up unused icons" utility kept popping up in Win XP so I finally took them up on it, checked off the icons I didn't want, and voila it got rid of the PROGRAMS I did want!

    One of them was Paint, which I use all the time for screen shots. Not only did the icon go away, so did the program. I can't find it anywhere. I went to Microsoft and tried to find a free download but searching pulls up nothing.

    What gives with XP and how can I get Paint back?
  2. g29andy

    g29andy CLM

    Jan 28, 2001
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008

  3. jilverthor


    Apr 11, 2004
    Parker, CO
    I have seen a few computers that had the shortcut to paint disappear. The easiest method I know of checking to see if the problem extends any further is to go to Start, Run, and type in mspaint. If it is still installed, it should open just fine.
  4. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    You can disable Automatic Desktop Cleanup ...

    Right-click a blank spot on the desktop, and then click Properties, this will open the Display Properties dialog box.
    Click the Desktop tab.
    Click Customize desktop to open the Desktop Items dialog box.
    Click to clear the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days check box.
    Click OK twice to close the dialog boxes.
  5. Big Al 24

    Big Al 24

    Apr 23, 2008
    You can also download
  6. Jai9100


    Oct 18, 2008
    Metro area, MN
    The best thing is when I gave up on windows completely on april of 2006 and started using Mac OS. Just saying, I know some people can't give up windows, but do some research. I have to use Windows at work, but at least I can go home and browse Glock Talk with out IE crashing every 20 min.
  7. PoiDog

    PoiDog Gun Cultured

    Feb 20, 2001
    That's not Windows crashing, it's IE. Hardly anybody uses IE if they don't have to use it.

    Opera and Firefox is where it's at. I keep IE on the machine only for dealing with Microsoft. Somehow, Microsoft manages to mess up software downloads unless you're using IE. Imagine that.

    It's not always true, but it is more often than not.