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I tried to install PDN 3.5.1 and had error 1603. I read through the sticky at the top of the page and none of that helped. I couldn't find anything on the forums that would get rid of the error without system restores, windows reinstalls and all manner of long and unnecessary procedures.

I did find a solution though. I've not tested it with upgrades from previous versions as this is the first time I've used PDN, but during the installation options if you change the installation directory from the default C:\Program Files\Paint.NET directory to another directory outside of Program Files (C:\PDN for example) then you have no problems with the installation. (I'm not sure if you can install into the Program Files folder, I'll have to find time to look into that)

I'm not an expert programmer, but it would probably be a good idea with the next release to have the extracted files put into the c:\windows\temp folder before being installed into the destination folder as it seems the error for most people is due to the files being copied from the staging subfolder into the parent folder.

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Thanks man! You saved the day!

Everyone else is trying "Windows Installer Cleanup" and other things, even reinstalling Windows! I don't have to bother with any of them as I got my Paint.NET 3.5.1 installed, thanks to you!

Oh btw, I tried putting it in "C:\Program Files\PDN", no it didn't work. I think "C:\Paint.NET" should work as I suspect the error is due to the "Program Files" folder. But I didn't try it.

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I'm glad I could help somebody :)

I have a suspicious feeling though that it'll screw up any issues with updating the software since it won't be in the location that Paint.NET expects it to be, but perhaps a little extra bit of win32 code to allow the update executable to locate the program manually would do the trick.

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I have a suspicious feeling though that it'll screw up any issues with updating the software since it won't be in the location that Paint.NET expects it to be, but perhaps a little extra bit of win32 code to allow the update executable to locate the program manually would do the trick.

I doubt so. Usually programs updating themselves are prepared for non-default installation folders. Anyway we will see when Paint.Net 3.5.2 comes out. Or is it going to be 3.6? :wink:

~ADTC

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I have a suspicious feeling though that it'll screw up any issues with updating the software since it won't be in the location that Paint.NET expects it to be, but perhaps a little extra bit of win32 code to allow the update executable to locate the program manually would do the trick.

The updater can handle non-default installation locations.

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hi , I have been trying to install the pdn 3.5 , as this was recommended. I have for some time trying but failing each time with the same fatal error 1603 during install. I followed all the previous posts and helps and guides that have been recommended but no luck!

note: this is fresh new install with no previous versions on my computer never have been , new to PDN !

what i have done so far:

1) installed automatic net.frame 3.5

2) installed it manually as well with the most recent service pack

3) renamed directory ie c: PDN or c:paint etc and tired the install

4) i even installed installer clean up tool and run that but there was not paint.net to remove!

I am stuck ! big style , can any one please help ! desperate here ! pleeeeeeaaaase some one help!

i look forward to any new suggestions or fixes or divine intervention ..... i have nightmare of error code 1603 !

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