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Paint.net doesn't start: a device attached to the system is not functioning

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Paint.net 4.0.9 has been running happily on Win 8 all year - until today.


Today I get a windows dialog stating "a device attached to the system is not functioning"


this happens for paintdotnet.exe and pdnrepair.exe


Paint.Net does not uninstall.



Other than the monitor I am looking at and the wireless keyboard and mouse I am using, I don't have any other devices attached.



I have had this before but cannot recall the fix.  Various fora show convoluted anti-virus/malware procedures, but are not related directly to paint.net.






Richard S

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'Attached devices' aren't limited to external peripherals; it could be any hardware component. Make sure the drivers installed on your system are up to date, especially for your GPU.

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