Solved Wanting to Have IrfanView Open Files in MS Paint to Edit Them, But Win11 Paint Won't Open


silverfang77

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I have the image viewer/editor, IrfanView 4.60 x64 ( just upgraded from 4.44 today). When I was in Win10, I could set it to edit files in MS Paint in Options>Properties>Miscellaneous. After upgrading my PC to Win11, if I point it to MS Paint in the C:\PROGRAM FILES\WindowsApps\McirosoftPaint_11.2201.22.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. The app absolutely refuses to open when directly accessed like that.

I've found a workaround by using the Win10 MS Paint in the Windows.old folder. However, that's a 40 GB folder and it would be nice to delete it to free up drive space. I tried copying mspaint.exe along with the en_US folder into a different folder, but the app refuses to run if it's copied to a different folder; it will only run C:\WINDOWS.old\System32.

Is there any way to either make Win10's Paint work outside its native folder or to make Win11's Paint accessible to IrfanView.

Thanks.
 
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if I point it to MS Paint in the C:\PROGRAM FILES\WindowsApps\McirosoftPaint_11.2201.22.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe folder. The app absolutely refuses to open when directly accessed like that.
Now that Paint has been replaced with a UWP version you cannot open it that way. But there is also a new stub launcher for Paint that you can point a shortcut to.

You should be able to use a shortcut to....

%localappdata%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\mspaint.exe

We had a similar question about adding Paint to the 'Send to' menu, that shortcut worked there. see post #19 here.

 

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silverfang77

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Thanks! I found the stub and IrfanView opened the picture up in 11's Paint.
 

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    HP 8703
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    Kingston Fury Beast 32 GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce RTX 3080
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    RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Omen 25
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    Coolermaster
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    HP Omen
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
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    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB HDD
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    i5 M 520
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    4GB
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround.


    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, Windows 11 Pro.
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