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Unable to load MS Paint Program

by inquisitive / March 18, 2005 4:07 AM PST

I need help in loading the program MS Paint that was included in my Win XP SP2 Home Edition. Due to conflicts to a webCam someone installed in my computer, many programs were disconfigured and in desperation I re-installed again WIN XP but do not find this program. I also have MSN Dial-up 9 but could not find it there either. I need a lot of help, as my computer is new, but it takes like 5 minutes (yes, minutes) to boot. I uninstalled (physically removed this WebCam) but not the drivers that came with it, as the CD that accompanied the installation was lost and never found. I do not know what to do and appreciate very much any suggestion

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Unable to load MS Paint Program
by John.Wilkinson / March 18, 2005 7:39 AM PST

Sounds like you have a lot of problems with your computer right now, so I'm gonna start by asking you to put down that hammer...we've all been there, but it's not the answer. Wink

MS Paint should be located at "c:\windows\system32\mspaint.exe". If it's not, try running "System Restore" and return your computer to a state where it worked properly. If you haven't created a restore point, or it does not correct the problem, your computer manufacturer should have included a backup of all programs/drivers. Check the start menu for an application recovery or software repair wizard. If there isn't, insert your installation/recovery CD and look for a recovery option that doesn't involve erasing all of your data/programs. The location and functionality of these features vary by vendor, but shouldn't be hard to find.

As for the long boot time, there are a few possibilities:
1. You probably have a lot of unnecessary programs launching at start-up. (Usually evidenced by a lot of icons in the taskbar.) Go Start, Run, and type in "msconfig". Click on the "startup" tab, scan through, and uncheck any programs that you don't want launched at startup. I've found that Answers That Work is very helpful in identifying unknown programs, as well as whether or not they are required.
2. Since you just reinstalled Windows, you shouldn't have a problem with viruses or spyware, but it's still a possibility. If you havn't already, install a virus scanner and firewall from McAfee, Norton, TrendMicro, or ZoneAlarm. McAfee offers a free virus scan. I also recommend installing Microsoft AntiSpyware. It may be a BETA, but it's already better than its alternatives, and Microsoft recently announced that the full version will be free when it comes out this summer.

Finally, the phrase "someone installed in my computer," followed by a problem, is never a good thing to hear. I'd restrict the ability of others to do that by password-protecting your account and disabling the "guest" feature. Then create new user accounts with "limited access" so that you can control who uses your computer, and what they do with it. Just go the "user accounts" from the control panel to prevent your computer from becoming a public playground.

Hope this helps,

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All good advice
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 18, 2005 8:41 PM PST

The only thing I would add about MSPaint is that you may still have it, but it has not been added through "Windows Components".

Try this - Goto Start > Control Panel and double click the "Add/Remove Programs" icon. Wait for the list to populate, then in the icons on the left border click "Add/Remove Windows Components".

In the new window, make sure "Accessories and Utilities" is highlighted, place a tick in the box, then click "Details". In the next window, (showing Accessories and Games), highlight "Accessories", then click "Details" again.

In the next window, scroll down and make sure "Paint" is ticked. If not, tick it, then OK out of each window.

When you get back to the Windows Components window, click Next, and follow the instructions.

This should put a shortcut for MSPaint in your Start > All Programs > Accessories folder.

Good luck


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Thanks to Mark & John, re. Load MS Paint
by inquisitive / March 24, 2005 2:34 AM PST
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This message is to you Mark and to you John. I thank you both your great advise that helped me not only find some other problems and troubleshoot them, but also I learned new functions and commands of XP, to which I am new.
As to my computer being a public ground, yes, in a way it was true, but it was b/c a nephew wanted to give me as a gift a webcam and to surprise me, he installed it but then left and I also was out-of-town but I gave him my password to access the computer without thinking he was going to do this thing, which would be okay, the problem is, he did not have the time to check if this piece of equipment would work and then apparently the installation driver was accicdentally broken. I already wrote an e-mail to Creative, the manufacturer of this webcam but I have not yet received an answser and the drivers could not be uninstalled with the "Add/Remove Hardware (software) and also I was a

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