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KeeganT
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Hi, I've been using paint.net for years without a problem, and 2 days ago I started receiving an error when I tried to launch the program. The error is as follows:
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When I tried to uninstall the program, I receive the following error:

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My .NET framework is updated to the latest version (v4.8), and I am not sure where to go from here.

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Hello @KeeganT and Welcome to the forum :)

 

Please go to the paint.net folder > (C:) Program Files > paint.net and look for the PdnRepair.exe and run it.

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Hi, thank you :)

I found the PdrRepair.exe and tried running it.

Every time I did so, it brought up the following error in CMD for a half second, and then closed:


Unhandled Exception: System.AccessViolationException: Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt.

     at PdnRepair.Program.Main(String[] args)

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Okay, please try this utility and then try to re-download paint.net:

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/fix-problems-that-block-programs-from-being-installed-or-removed-cca7d1b6-65a9-3d98-426b-e9f927e1eb4d

 

It could be another problem though 😱

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This sounds like an issue with corrupt system files. I'd run chkdsk and sfc /scannow. You can easily find information about these with a quick web search, they are well documented.

 

You may also need to do a Repair of the Microsoft .NET Framework.

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