Solved Paint location in W11?


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I'm trying to assign Paint to one of the macro keys on my keyboard and can't find the location of the actual file anywhere. Does anyone happen to know where it's located in Windows 11?

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Directory of c:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_10.2108.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp
 

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You are very welcome!
 

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most of the stock apps in W11 are stored under C:\Program Files\WindowsApps ..

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most of the stock apps in W11 are stored under C:\Program Files\WindowsApps ..
I had forgotten to have hidden items shown, so I didn't even see that folder until my question was answered. I appreciate the heads up.
 

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here ..

most of the stock apps in W11 are stored under C:\Program Files\WindowsApps ..

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I had forgotten to have hidden items shown, so I didn't even see that folder until my question was answered. I appreciate the heads up.
 

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    Hynix® 4GB Dual-Channel DDR3
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    OnBoard Intel® HD Graphics
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Got it. Thanks!
 

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the said folder is protected for users by default, accessing the contents is not allowed unless overriding the permissions :)

but becareful, altering the contents may make the system unstable and re-installing from Windows Store also will be troublesome .. unless re-installing the OS itself, make a copy somewhere before changing / deleting ..
 

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note to self:
where mspaint
%localappdata%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\mspaint.exe
The code listed by you, welp, is exactly what I needed to add to a graphics program I am currently using for editing pic images.
The code automatically opens paint when applied directly to the 'WIN-R' combination or as in the program I am using: Honyview 5.50
Thank you for your contribution.
 

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Directory of c:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_10.2108.1.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp
For those that this didn't help, the full line is:
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_11.2304.33.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp\mspaint.exe
I needed that for a 3rd party program that edits .jpgs now and then. I spent the better part of an hour trying to get access to that folder, when all I needed to do was have the FULL line.
 

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For those that this didn't help, the full line is:
C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_11.2304.33.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp\mspaint.exe
I needed that for a 3rd party program that edits .jpgs now and then. I spent the better part of an hour trying to get access to that folder, when all I needed to do was have the FULL line.
I can run "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_11.2304.33.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp\mspaint.exe"

However, I was blocked when I tried to access the folder "c:\Program Files\WindowsApps\".

I found that: %localappdata%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\
takes me to: "C:\Users\MisterEd\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\

Then the path to paint is:
"C:\Users\MisterEd\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_8wekyb3d8bbwe\mspaint.exe"

Note "MisterEd" will change depending upon your user name.
 

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I can run "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_11.2304.33.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp\mspaint.exe"

However, I was blocked when I tried to access the folder "c:\Program Files\WindowsApps\".

I found that: %localappdata%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\
takes me to: "C:\Users\MisterEd\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\

Then the path to paint is:
"C:\Users\MisterEd\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_8wekyb3d8bbwe\mspaint.exe"

Note "MisterEd" will change depending upon your user name.
I cannot run
"C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_11.2304.33.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\PaintApp\mspaint.exe" directly.
I suspect that is so for the same reason that I cannot view "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\" and below.

But I can execute it indirectly by combining the environment variable reference and the remainder of the direct path that I cannot access...
%localappdata%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Paint_8wekyb3d8bbwe\mspaint.exe
I do not know for sure but I suspect that this is Microsoft's intended method of user access for "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\"
This method also has the advantage of removing the username from the path making it universal.
 

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