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Revision Date: 27 August 2015

Installing paint.net

Tip

It is strongly recommended that all the latest system updates have been installed prior to installing paint.net.  To verify and install system updates, use the Windows Update tool by typing "Windows Update" into the search box in the Start Menu.

paint.net is designed to be very easy to install.

Once the installer package has been downloaded from the paint.net website http://getpaint.net/download.html, open the compressed folder by double-clicking the icon.

Compressed Folder Icon Compressed Folder

In the window that opens, double-click the installer to begin installation.

Inside Compressed Folder Contents of Compressed File
Note

The Windows User Account Control dialog may open asking for permission to make changes to your system.  If the listed publisher is dotPDN LLC as shown in this screenshot, click Run to proceed with the installation.

User Account Control

 

The paint.net installer will decompress the files necessary for installation.

Extracting files Extracting the installation files

Once extraction is complete, the actual installation of the application will begin:

Install Type Select Installation

There are two installation options; Express and Custom.

For most users, the "Express" install with default options should suffice. If a customized installation is desired (perhaps changing the default installation directory), choose the "Custom" option.

Before leaving this dialog, choose the preferred language option from the drop down list at the foot of the dialog. Click Next to proceed.

License Agreement License Agreement

Read the license agreement. If you agree to abide by the terms stated, select the I Agree radio button.  Proceed by clicking Next. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of the license, the installation will stop at this point.

If a Custom install was selected previously, the application will prompt you for installation options and an installation directory:

Installation Options Custom Installation Options
Installation Directory Installation Directory

When these options have been set, clicking Next will complete the installation.

Installing Installation Progress
Note

paint.net requires the .NET framework to function.  If the required .NET framework is not present on the system it will be installed automatically as part of the installation process.

When installation is complete, click Finish to exit the installer.  If the Start paint.net checkbox is checked, the application will be launched automatically.

Install Complete Installation Complete
Note

While paint.net is provided free, please consider donating by clicking the Donate button to show your support.
Donations fund future development, features and upgrades to the "best free image editor".
Donations can be made from the Help menu in paint.net or by clicking the link in the footer at the bottom of this page.