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Failure to Install “paint.net 4.2.16”

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I had long been using “paint.net 4.0.3” on Windows 10 until “4.0.3” stopped working properly. I downloaded “paint.net 4.2.16” from “dotpdn.com”and attempted to extract it into “C:\Program Files\paint.net”. Results are 1) a folder named “Staging” containing “PaintDotNet_x64_214659886.msi” 2) the message “Fatal error during installation.”, code 1603.

In Forums, “Common Install / Uninstall / Crash Problems and Solutions!” says run a diagnostic but strikes it out; one is left somewhat at sea.


I still have in “C:\Users\Owner\Downloads”, two copies of the downloaded installation files “paint.net.4.2.16.install.zip”, and a folder named “paint.net.4.2.16.install (1)” containing “paint.net.4.2.16.install.exe”.


My Device Specifications:



Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.40 GHz

Installed RAM 20.0 GB

Device ID 93BA7FFF-570F-4003-99AD-F987B8548D29

Product ID 00326-10000-00000-AA579

System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor

Pen and touch No pen or touch input is available for this display


My Windows Specifications:


Edition Windows 10 Home

Version 20H2

Installed on ‎2/‎19/‎2021

OS build 19042.985

Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.2020.0


I should like to get running “4.2.16”.


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