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I've recently installed Paint.net and attempted to move it from Program Files to Program Files (x86), after which Paint.net no longer opened
Now, I am not able to reinstall Paint.net. Running the installer (even in administrator mode) prompts the following message :

Error opening file for writing:

C:/.../AppData/Local/Temp/PdnSetup/SetupFrontEnd.exe

and

Error opening file for writing:

C:/.../AppData/Local/Temp/PdnSetup/SetupShim.exe

 

I am not able to delete or rename any of these 2 files, or the folder they are in

That's because I do not have permission to do so, and by checking the files' permission, it tells me

 

You must have read permissions to view the proprieties of this object.

 

It doesn't let me change the owner, permissions, auditing or effective access either

If you can compress your Paint.net folder to a rar or zip, i'd be more than happy to install it

Edited by DecepticCeast
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18 minutes ago, DecepticCeast said:

attempted to move it from Program Files to Program Files (x86)

 

I can't imagine why you would ever do this, but OK...

 

18 minutes ago, DecepticCeast said:

I am not able to reinstall Paint.net

 

Yeah, it sounds like your installation of Paint.NET has become "broken".

 

Try running this program to eliminate it from your system:

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17588/fix-problems-that-block-programs-from-being-installed-or-removed

 

Then, try running the installer again.

 

The installer contains options for installing the application to a custom location--I recommend doing it that way.

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There's another problem, now there's a new undeleteable file, "PaintDotNet.exe" in the same directory.

It brings up a similar error

 

Error opening file for writing:

C:/.../AppData/Local/Temp/PdnSetup/PaintDotNet.exe

 

But regardless, the previous files are still in there, and are still a problem if "PaintDotNet.exe" wasn't one

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  • 4 months later...

Wait so if you can chose the install location before installing why do you need admin upon launch of the installer? If you chose to install it to AppData or an external disk or something it shouldn't need admin to install. It should only need to request admin once you hit install with the install location set to somewhere that a standard user or program w/o admin can't write to.

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1 minute ago, 5ynt4x_3rr0r_ said:

an external disk

 

Paint.NET cannot be installed to an external disk.

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There is a big difference. The installer has elevated permissions because it can write to write to admin-only areas. You have chosen not to write to those areas.

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You have cursed me with days upon days of searching for how to have runtime elevation (is that what it's called?) in windows while devs at microsoft be like "hey Mike, should we finally add the ability for processes to be elevated during runtime? Nah Joe, too much woooooorrrk."

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