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Windows 7: Clipboard and MS Paint temporary files location

21 Aug 2011   #1
Winuser

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Clipboard and MS Paint temporary files location

Hello,

I wanted to know where does Clipboard and MS Paint save temporary files?
As far as I remember Clipboard should be holding the copied data in RAM and shouldnt save it on Disk until you paste it somewhere, but some complain that tats not true.

Once you make a screenshot via Print Screen and paste it into MS Paint, where does it save this file, before you Save it to Disk?


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21 Aug 2011   #2
CyberZeus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

I believe that MS Paint maintains the bitmap in RAM, the image will become a file when you'll save it.
Clipboard also is maintained in RAM.

Hope this helps.
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21 Aug 2011   #3
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

As syberzeus sad,I also think that it's saved in ram memory.
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21 Aug 2011   #4
Winuser

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I am almost certain that Clipboard is saved in RAM only, but not so much about MS Paint.
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21 Aug 2011   #5
CyberZeus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
I am almost certain that Clipboard is saved in RAM only, but not so much about MS Paint.
Why aren't you sure about MS Paint?
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21 Aug 2011   #6
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

The same is with Paint
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22 Aug 2011   #7
Winuser

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CyberZeus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
I am almost certain that Clipboard is saved in RAM only, but not so much about MS Paint.
Why aren't you sure about MS Paint?
Because MS Paint is a much more complicated software and might have its temp folder.
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22 Aug 2011   #8
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

mspaint is just a .exe in C:\Windows\System32 & if 64 bit in both C:\Windows\System32 & C:\Windows\SysWOW64 no folders, files you can not save any setting in paint like custom color when it restarts there gone.
Jerry
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23 Aug 2011   #9
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Paint stores the image in memory, virtual memory to be exact, which might page out. It doesn't write to the disk until you save. You can watch this via Process Explorer.
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23 Aug 2011   #10
Winuser

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I have actually tried to watch it via Process Explorer before posting here, but thanks anyway.
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