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Solved: Can't access Windows Paint.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Robert the Bruce, Sep 5, 2014.

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  1. Robert the Bruce

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    When I go to Start-All Programs-Accessories in an attempt to access Windows Paint I do not see Windows Paint (among other things which should be there) anywhere. So, how can I access Windows Paint and also get Windows Paint back on the Accessories list ?
    This relates to another problem. I wanted to post a screenshot of a problem I'm having when posting/sharing (music) links from YouTube to Facebook. Normally it's a simple matter of clicking 'share' and then the FB icon. Then a smaller window opens, I wait for the video thumbnail to appear and then click 'share'. However, recently there is no thumbnail. So when I go back to FB although the song has been shared there is just a white blank area where the song's thumbnail should be.
    I wanted to post a screenshot of what I see but I can't access Windows Paint. So I hope I've described the problem adequately.
    Please help.
     
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    To launch Paint go to C:\Windows\System32 and double-click on mspaint.exe.

    To replace the shortcut right-click on mspaint.exe, click "Create Shortcut" and put the shortcut in:

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

    Then rename the shortcut to Paint.
     
  5. Robert the Bruce

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    OK, I see mspaint but not mspaint.exe.
    I've pinned the shortcut to the Start menu but it's still not in Accessories where it should be.
    OK, I followed your instructions and created a shortcut to mspaint from System 32 to my desktop. From the shortcut I then pinned mspaint to the start menu. However, when I deleted the shortcut on my desktop (don't need it if it's pinned to the start menu) I see that I can't access mspaint from the start menu, the icon has changed and is mspaint is not available.
     
  6. Robert the Bruce

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    Well ?
     
  7. stantley

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    Read the directions again.

    put the shortcut in:

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

    Then rename the shortcut to Paint.

    I've recommended the program that 87654321 showed you in the past and I don't remember anyone having a problem with it. It's probably a false positive to Comodo.
     
  8. Robert the Bruce

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    OK thanks. I'll try that again.
     
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    OK I created a short cut in Windows-System 32 for mspaint (still don't see mspaint.exe. anywhere) but when I click on the shortcut and choose 'Move this file' I can't see how to move it to Start-All Programs-Accessories. I can only (it seems) move it to a folder or my Desktop. How do I move it to Start-All Programs-Accessories ?
     
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    In the Windows Explorer tree view click on C:\Windows\System32 and find the mspaint shortcut in the right window.

    Then back in the tree view navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories but don't click on it.

    Then drag-and-drop your shortcut from the right side of the screen to the Accessories folder on the left.

    Here's a screen shot.
     

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    I don't know how to get to the point where I see what you see - i.e. the screenshot. So, how do I get Paint to here - see my screenshot.
     

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    Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories (just like in your screen shot) and click on Windows Explorer.

    Then follow the directions I gave you in post #10.
     
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    Go To: start , Control Panel, Add or remove Programs, Add/Remove windows Components, Accessories and utilities, Accessories, And make sure their is a check in the box next to paint. then hit OK. if it was missing the check mark that will fix it. Hopefully you will not be asked for a disk and if it does that you have one.

    Some of the above are on menus just double left click to open.
     
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    The box for Windows Paint is already checked.
     
  15. Robert the Bruce

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    OK, this is what I see when I click on Windows Explorer. I don't see Windows or System 32.

    Please disregard. I finally did it. Everything seems fine now.
    Thank you for your patience.
    Cheers and thanks for your help.
     

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