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Donwan

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My Paint file disappeared. It use to be listed under ALL PROGRAMS/ACCESSORIES but now it is nowhere to be found. It is useful to construct attachments. Can someone help me find it and place it in the START menu again. Thanks.
 

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The file mspaint.exe is missing--can't find it under Sys 32 or i386. The utility you suggested restores the shortcut but the shortcut can't find the exe file. Thanks--anyother thoughts?
 
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If you have your Windows install disc it should be in the i386 folder in there. Put the CD in the drive, go to Start > Run type in cmd and then type in the following command:

Expand d:\i386\MSPAINT.EX_ c:\windows\system32\mspaint.exe

Your drive letter for d might be different.
 
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Donwan, Start>Control Panel>Folder Options>View tab, select "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files", click Apply/OK. Now go into your C:\Windows\System32\dllcache folder and find the mspaint.exe file right click it and choose Copy then open your C:\Windows\System32 folder, right click an empty space and choose Paste.

Tufenuf
 

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It seems that I have another problem. I inserted the install disc but drive D: doesn't show up under COMPUTER. I insert the cd and the cd drive lights flash but the drive doesn't show up when I double click COMPUTER. Sorry to bother you with a seemingly unrelated problem to my first post.
 

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mspaint.exe is not shown under Win/sys32/dllcache after unchecking hidden file protection under control panel/folder options/view. Thanks
 

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My cd drive problem has been resolved and now back to the Paint app file lost. I ran my XP install disc and copied mspaint.ex_ file from i386 to the i386 file on my hard drive andcreated a shortcut.Clicking the shortcut presents a message "cannot open-can't find the program that created it-browze to find it from a list (not exact words but similar). Looks like I need the whole program--will appreciate any suggestions.
 
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You can't just copy mspaint.ex_ you have to use the Expand command I gave you.
 
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Just re-install it:
Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs
Click Add/Remove Windows Components
Double Click Accessories and Utilities
Double click Accessories.
Put a check in front of Paint (if it's already checked, uncheck it)
Click OK twice, then Next> Insert XP CD if requested
Click Finish.

If you unchecked Paint above, repeat, this time checking Paint

HTH

Jerry
 

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Stantley---I actually did use the expand cmd. I misspoke when I said copy. Anyway it didn't work for me. But using Outcaste suggestion, the program was reinstated. Thanks guys--I really appreciate your time and effort for me.
 
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