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Paint.net Installation Issues (No Setup Wizzard)

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My Paint.net all of a sudden had stopped working, and after an uninstall - which left the effects and shapes folder in the paint.net directory - I can not reinstall it. The installer opens, latest version (4.1.5),  shows a bar saying "Extract: PaintDotNet_x86.msi...(insert percentage), where by 5 seconds later the install wizard flashes for less than a second and disappears. I went through the installation forums on this site, and downloaded the latest .NET Framework, and It tells me a version higher than that. To confirm, I have the latest ( 4.7.2). I also had recently installed the latest Nvidia Driver and re-installed the latest directx, subsequently leading to Paint.NET not opening. This is really causing me Paint.NET. 

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It sounds to me as if it could be you've some leftovers from the uninstall. It could be a pain finding whatever it is that is causing the problem.

 

There are exceptions but as a general rule never just use Windows or the program's own uninstaller. Use something like Revo Uninstaller or BCUninstaller. They run the same uninstaller as you'd normal use ie. the software's own or Windows uninstaller but then scan to allow you to deep clean everything out,  particularly from the registry, as thoroughly as is possible. Even they don't always get everything but they do a better job, that's the important thing.

 

I'd try either of those and see if it detects PDN still on your machine and can remove the remains. I'm not hopeful though.

 

But obvious first thing before doing any of that: restore points? If you have one prior to the original problem and your other driver, DirectX updates then use it. Restore points are still your best friends. :)  

Edited by IHaveNoName
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I am having the same issues.  I was using Paint.net and really enjoyed it.  A week ago, it wouldn't allow me to go into the program.  After a number of unsuccessful attempts, I decided to uninstall the program and reinstall it.  I am now having the same issues as the creator of this thread.  I just tried the link in the post above, but had to click "None found" as paint.net is not shown after running the scan.  I hope to find a fix so I can get back to using the program.

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That's the problem with uninstalling the main program, if a leftover is what is causing this error. BTW that has not been proven yet, it was just a suggestion as to the cause of the problem.

 

It is the same even with an uninstaller like Revo, once the main program installation has gone it has nothing to 'latch' onto and search for those leftovers related to that particular program. BCUninstaller does/did have the ability to look for orphaned files and I think a couple of other uninstallers like IOBitUninstaller likewise. I'm wary of recommending IOBit products though as whilst their uninstaller is a very good tool I've tried some of their other 'free' software which came with difficult to opt out of 'extras' and put an auto-run/auto-update in start up. Things I hate.

 

If no restore point is available then you could try CCleaner's registry cleaner but always put in a restore point before doing that and backup the registry files to be deleted when prompted. If there's nothing PDN related in the registry then it won't help of course.

 

I'd next suggest trying to launch an earlier PDN installer. I would not go through with it if it does work but if an older version installer can be used it might be a clue to what the problem is with using the new one. If you later did want to install the older version you could also possibly use it with that tool Pixey found or one of the deep uninstallers I suggested and it could pick up the old leftovers too.

 

 

 

 

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