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Windows 7: MS Photo Editor

04 Feb 2017   #61

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

With any program that has it's roots so far back in Windows history there is going to be a point where they no longer work with current systems. I cannot be sure but there may be some 16 bit code embedded in your application or one off it's dll modules.

unfortunately there is no support for 16bit code in any 64 bit OS including but not exclusively Windows, which are the standard these days - you may be able to get it running for within a 32 bit version of windows which is still available for both windows 7 & Windows 10.

The photos app and paint apps in Windows 7 and especially 10 are both reasonable basic options but something like Irfanview should cover all your file type needs and more ( go for the 32Bit if you want to use the basic image editor, the 64 bit has less editing options but will handle huge files with ease).

Also if you have a modern advanced camera then adobe bridge their front line image manage is available free of charge and that will support even the camera raw files and give access to camera raw for image processing ... It’s True: Adobe Bridge CC Is Completely Free for Everyone, for Life! | ProDesignTools

Hope this helps :)

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27 Jul 2017   #62

Windows 7 64-bit

This is my first post to this website but just had to chime in. DStealth, this saved me a lot of time and helped me make a peer here at work very thankful to get his Photo Editor back. I found a lot of info on the web regarding the missing registry entries but you were the only one to offer them up "to the public" with this much expedition. I (we) appreciate your help!!
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21 Aug 2017   #63


This is MY first post here, too!

I had PhotoEd running fine by just copying the exe into the program files directory and setting it as a shortcut and an app that'd handle jpegs and pngs and the like. I didn't have any of the old filters or the like, but I was still happy to have the utility of the vanilla program.

BUT last upgrade to Win 10 meant it stopped working. You could use it okay, but when you went to save it couldn't save the file as anything. Jpeg, TIF, PNG, whatever, the option to save a file was gone :-(

Anyway, I was encouraged when I found this thread.

I managed to track down an Office 2000 CD (not all that hard, I have a big box where I used to be highly organised and have labelled them all well in standard CD sleeves) located all the required files, and installed them as per the earliest post which lists what to put where.

Seeing the filters files, and the .FLT files for the file types was encouraging. I had it installed to the letter, but alas - still couldn't save a file as ANY format. The requester came up blank and so did all the menu items where you'd normally see .PNG, .PCX, .JPG, etc, etc was also blank.

I had my Win 7 system die on me about 5 months ago, and had to buy a new PC, and naturally it had Win 10 on it, so I'm using the latest version of that.

So I thought, okay, let's see if I can run it in compatibility mode - got nothing to lose.

Win 10 recommended I run it as Win XP Service Pack 3 and then offered a nice button I could click on to test it.

It bloody well worked.

So now not only do I have PhotoEd running, but thanks to installing all the graphics filter files as described in this thread, I can now ALSO despeckle, sharpen, posterize, emboss, chalk, charcoal, and all the others I used to use years ago.

Just posting this here, as under the latest upgrade of Win 10 it will NO LONGER run if you're in the slightest bit interested in saving the file... But using compatibility mode makes it work!

Also on the file size limits, I've found this to always be the case - sometime you can open huge files, but other times, if it's more than 1200-odd pixels wide it won't open. Well, the clue seems to be the amount of CONTIGUOUS memory you've got left.

If you've been running a lot of programs, etc, then the files PhotoEd will open get smaller the further you go on. Rebooting the system can often mean you can open a file you weren't able to open before.

Been an hour or two mucking around with this, but it's great when something like this works. Thanks to all the contributors on this thread.

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11 Jan 2018   #64

windows 7 64bit
Ms Gone and would reload

Hi All

I have been running MS PhotoEditor on this current machine Dec 2016, when I posted on here, all was working fine even with a windows 10 upgrade it still worked.

Now as my trusty machine was getting slow I decided to flatline and everything went back on fine apart from one program.

Yes, you guessed it Photo Editor when I try to load any of the programs I get the following error message.

Could not open key:
Verify that you have sufficient access to that key. or contact your support personnel.

When I navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE32\SOFTVVARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\ using RegEdit there is no CSSFilters key.

I have tried changing the permissions on all key steps leading up to where this key should be, but with no luck.

So I am hoping someone can explain how I can sort this to get this software installed?

I miss Photo Editor, we have grown up together, so any suggestions.
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18 Jan 2018   #65

W10 prof 64 bit

@trebor58 - read post #14 - works perfectly in W10
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19 Jul 2018   #66

Win 10 Pro x64

If MS Photo Editor isn't installed from an Office CD (XP or 2002), you still need MS Office Graphics filters for it to work. You need to get these off any version of MS Office CD. MS PhotoEditor downloads are at DStealth's 7Forums Page but I can't find any online link for the necessary Graphics filters. MS stopped supporting MS PhotoEditor in 2003 but it works fine in Win 10 and previous Window versions XP onwards..
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19 Jul 2018   #67

Win 10 Pro x64
Does work on Win 10 for large files

Uninstall and reinstall MS PhotoEditor, then try the patch here (replace the PHOTOED.EXE with the patch exe)
Iscove Lab Software - Homebrew

I've no problem opening 5MB Jpeg files with the patched version in Win 10.

Try SFC (System File Check) if you still have a problem. Or reinstalling PhotoEditor off an XP or 2002 version of Office then applying the patch.
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12 May 2019   #68

Thankyou, finally a fully working Photo Editor

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DStealth View Post
I scanned the files on and this is what I got for results:
PE 64bit, PE32bit,

I see 1 finding out of 51 on both so I'ma go ahead and say it's coming up as a false positive. I've had PE 64bit installed on my comp and ran McAfee, Norton, Malware Antimalware bytes, and MS Security Essentials and all came back clean. I try to keep my computer pretty clean, toolbar/malware/virus free and I can say I haven't had any issues with these files on my computer.

I tried the download link I posted and it's asking me to download an EXE file which is NOT what I uploaded so ima say I just made a really bad choice in uploaders.. I'll go ahead and post the files on my server for a few days just so you can download it directly from me. Lemme know when you get it.

You can download here:
DStealth's 7Forums Page

+Rep. me if I helped please and thank you :)
Thanks tremendously, now see my error, have been copy pasting 32 bit version all along and my new laptop is 64 bit which is first time I've had a 64 bit machine. Your PE3-64 works great on a win10-Home clean installed machine, brilliant, thanks again!
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01 Oct 2019   #69

XP Pro-Hm
Get it here! MS PhotoEditor (XPbased) for win7 at Softpedia

Just stumbled upon this post thread from May of this year.....

Works flawlessly, no fiddling with .dlls, etc.

Microsoft Paint 5.1.2600.5918 (XP version)

Download Microsoft Paint 5.1.2600.5918 (XP version)

I wrote Softpedia a letter of thanks, they save the day AGAIN!

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