Running Classic MS Paint On Windows 7/10

Classic Microsoft Piant Icon from Windows XP

Here we go again!

Microsoft announced that Paint, a program that has been around since 1985, is finally getting a major overhaul.  But not everyone is thrilled with the new changes.

Many were not too happy when Microsoft altered the user interface in Paint in Windows 7 by replacing the classic menu bar with a “Ribbon” style GUI (graphical user interface).

Default MS Paint running on Windows 7 (click to enlarge)

Default MS Paint running on Windows 7 (click to enlarge)

However, just like Classic Solitaire and Spider, we can extract the classic version of MS Paint from any Windows XP installation and run it on Windows 7 or 10.

Copy the file mspaint.exe found in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 folder and transfer it to any Windows 7 or 10 computer. No installation is required. Just double-click on the EXE file and it launches.

This method does not replace the existing MS Paint program.

Classic MS Paint running on Windows 7 (click to enlarge)

Classic MS Paint running on Windows 7 (click to enlarge)

Classic MS Paint running on Windows 10 (click to enlarge)

Classic MS Paint running on Windows 10 (click to enlarge)

It’s just that easy!

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