Can I backup MS Paint? Solved

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  1. RECONBunny's Avatar
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       01 May 2018 #11

    Bree said: View Post
    You can copy and paste them anywhere you want. There are two files you require: mspaint.exe and mspaint.exe.mui. The first can be found in C:\Windows\System32\ the .mui file is in a language-specific sub-folder of System32, for a US English install that would be C:\Windows\System32\en-US (for me it's C:\Windows\System32\en-GB).

    Copy mspaint.exe to a folder of your choice (I have made a 'C:\Program Files\Old Windows apps' folder). Create the en-us (or en-gb, etc.) subfolder in your chosen folder and put a copy of mspaint.exe.mui there. You can now create a shortcut to run Paint from this folder.

    The advantage of using a folder other than System32 is that your mspaint will never get replaced/removed by an upgrade. In fact, you can keep different versions in separate folders and run them simultaneously if you wish, as I have done here with the 1709 and a previous version. Spot the difference....

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       01 May 2018 #12

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    Thank you very much
    You're very welcome.

    The same technique applies to many other apps, not just Paint - you need the .exe and its associated .mui in an appropriately named subfolder.
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       02 May 2018 #13

    Bree said: View Post
    You're very welcome.

    The same technique applies to many other apps, not just Paint - you need the .exe and its associated .mui in an appropriately named subfolder.
    What kind of apps?
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  4.    02 May 2018 #14

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    What kind of apps?
    Classic Calculator to name one...

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       02 May 2018 #15

    RECONBunny said: View Post
    What kind of apps?
    One that I have taken a copy of while it still exists is sdclt.exe/sdclt.exe.mui, the 'Backup & Restore (Windows 7)' app. If/when it is removed it will be an interesting experiment to see if it still works. The command line to run its 'create a system image' function is:
    sdclt.exe /BLBBACKUPWIZARD
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