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What a great way to join a forum - I can't do anything! When I try to start, I get a messagebox and the pdncrash.log file which I send in. I had v3.5.10 which I removed and installed .11 - still crashes.


I have looked all over hell for a search function in the forum because I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem (or why have a pdncrash.log?). My apologies if I missed it.


The box is a homebuilt running w7 pro 64 fully patched with 16 G of ram. I have used earlier versions of pdn on this box but had a bad experience last year with pdn and a very nasty adware installer.


Anybody know any quick fixes?

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OK, here is the important part:


Exception details:

System.UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Paint.NET' is denied.

at Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.Win32Error(Int32 errorCode, String str)

at Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey.CreateSubKey(String subkey, RegistryKeyPermissionCheck permissionCheck, RegistrySecurity registrySecurity)

at PaintDotNet.SystemLayer.Settings.CreateSettingsKey(Boolean writable) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\SystemLayer\Settings.cs:line 76

at PaintDotNet.SystemLayer.Settings.SetObject(String key, Object value) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\SystemLayer\Settings.cs:line 169

at PaintDotNet.Dialogs.ColorsForm.SwatchControl_ColorsChanged(Object sender, EventArgs e) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Dialogs\ColorsForm.cs:line 1982

at PaintDotNet.Controls.SwatchControl.OnColorsChanged() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Controls\SwatchControl.cs:line 55

at PaintDotNet.Dialogs.ColorsForm..ctor() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Dialogs\ColorsForm.cs:line 592

at PaintDotNet.Controls.AppWorkspace.InitializeFloatingForms() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Controls\AppWorkspace.cs:line 1844

at PaintDotNet.Controls.AppWorkspace..ctor() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Controls\AppWorkspace.cs:line 1143

at PaintDotNet.Dialogs.MainForm.InitializeComponent() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Dialogs\MainForm.cs:line 675

at PaintDotNet.Dialogs.MainForm..ctor(String[] args) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Dialogs\MainForm.cs:line 345

at PaintDotNet.Startup.StartPart4(String mutexName) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Startup.cs:line 428

at PaintDotNet.Startup.StartPart2() in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Startup.cs:line 359

at PaintDotNet.Startup.Main(String[] args) in D:\src\pdn\pdn_3_5_11\src\PaintDotNet\Startup.cs:line 465

It looks to me that you have a permissions problem with your registry. This may be a left over problem from a virus/malware you've had previous.

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Yes, thank you, now what? I'm a geologist and have coded in the past but the Windows registry is well beyond my expertise. I ran regedit and looked at the paintdotnet key but I have no idea what to do with it. Everything else I have installed on my computer works to my satisfaction but I'm a bit at sea, here. Before XP, I used to rebuild my OS every six months but this is the original W7 install (religiously patched) from when I built this box three years ago.


Should i just blow it off? PDN is not an important tool and i would rather spend my time with my rocks and my website than digging through the guts of a recalcitrant OS.

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Have you tried running it as an administrator?


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