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Windows 7: MS Paint missing - need to find it

10 Jul 2017   #1
Tharwatime

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
MS Paint missing - need to find it

I shut down my computer as normal, everything was working fine, including MS Paint. On booting an hour or so later MS Paint had vanished - not in Accessories, the Taskbar, or in the program folders. Can someone please advise:
1 What might have happened;
2 How I can find the missing program; and
3 Is is possible to download a clean version of MS Paint from a reputable website? If so, which one? TIA


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10 Jul 2017   #2
ethel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Tharwatime, System Restore may be able to restore ms paint from the link below.




System Restore
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10 Jul 2017   #3
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Tharwatime,

link for download,

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...download-paint

NO program should just dissappear!

run an AV scan just to be on the safe side, and back that up with a Malwarbytes scan.

Roy
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10 Jul 2017   #4
MSClin

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hi Tharwatime,

what you was doing before shutting down your PC? For the missing Paint, System Restore is the best option, don't download Paint or any MS program in case of disappear. If you have restore point before this happened, use it.
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10 Jul 2017   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Do you have another program that does what Windows 7 Paint does?

If you do it could be set as Default instead of 'Paint'.
Such a program might of removed the link to Windows 7 Paint.

I also agree with Roy. I would verify that the system is NOT infected.
I would do this first. A Restore Point that is infected will not be of help.

Jack
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10 Jul 2017   #6
georgeks

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So Win+R>mspaint does not work?
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10 Jul 2017   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You may have done something without noticing.
Search C: for mspaint.exe. The copy normally used should live in C\windows\system32 but on my PCs there is also a copy in
C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-mspaint_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_ea12784c0842bfc1

If it was me I'd want to know what happened and I'd definitely be checking for malware just in case.
Regardless I'd do a system image restore provided you have made system images. You could try a straight system restore as suggested if you don't have any signs of malware.
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10 Jul 2017   #8
Tharwatime

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the above advice. I have very high firewall and AV protection, and have run an AV, nothing.

I was looking at images that I had last accessed in MS Paint, and I was amazed to see MS Paint open. I saved the screen shot below in MS Paint. This shows that the program is not where it should be but the property window shows that it is. I cannot understand this!

I have another program, IrfanView, that can be used for images.


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10 Jul 2017   #9
ethel

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Everybody, In my pc mspaint is located under C:/Windows, SystemWOW64, have to scroll down a fair

way and it just says mspaint.
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10 Jul 2017   #10
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

That right hand side screenshot is showing the properties of the >>shortcut<<
NOT paint in its own right, its distinguished by the shortcut arrow-up

silly question have your searched for mspaint.exe

NOTE
left hand screenshot your looking in the wrong place
mspaint is way down from there and has APPLICATION as its description type, not file folder


Roy
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