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Set Paint.Net (from windows app store) as default editor in context menu

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I bought paint.net to support the development und wanted to set it as described to the default editor for pictures.


With the old program this was no problem. regedit-> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\edit\command and change the value %systemroot%\system32\mspaint.exe “%1″  to C:\Program Files\paintnet\pdn.exe „%1“


Now it does not work, because the programm is under "WindowsApps" and after i change it windows tells me "You don't have the clearance to access it"


What can i do to get it done?

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6 minutes ago, Bringiton said:

What do you mean exactly?


paintdotnet: protocol can be used to launch the app so that you can specify command-line parameters.

For example, you can go to Start -> Run and type in paintdotnet:"path to file1.png" path_to_file_2.png then both images will be opened (even if Paint.NET is already open)

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I couldn't make the protocol work in the registry for context menu items - eventually I found a solution I'd done on a previous computer and copied it -so I can't acknowledge those who provided the original info, but I couldn't find anything on an extensive internet search today, so here goes:


To set the Windows Store version of Paint.Net as a context menu "Edit with PAINT.NET" use the registry entries below. To make it the default "edit" just change delete the "..with PAINT.NET" from both keys below and import to the registry:


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Edit with PAINT.NET]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Edit with PAINT.NET\command]


Hope that helps anyone who is still looking for this.


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