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While we were testing a deployment of Paint.Net we ran into this error. There is normally no GUI when we deploy applications through SMS/SCCM.


{"Showing a modal dialog box or form when the application is not running in UserInteractive mode is not a valid operation. Specify the ServiceNotification or DefaultDesktopOnly style to display a notification from a service application."}

If there are any solutions/work arounds to this it would be much appreciated.



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Paint.NET always shows a GUI when installing with /auto. That's by design, and it's no surprise you're running into problems when trying to run it in a session that prohibits UI.

Maybe you want to use MSI-based deployment instead. There are instructions for that in the online help as well.

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I tried the createmsi option, however the x64 msi that got created does not install. It says the package is actually 32bit and cant be installed in a 64bit platform. However the 32bit msi it created deployed prefectly.

I did the createmsi on a 64bit machine, if that makes a difference?

Thanks again


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