MS Paint will remain in Windows 10 after all

Shawn Knight

Posts: 14,036   +150
Staff member
In context: Paint was never meant to be a pro-level graphics editor. Still, it became one of the most used applications in early versions of Windows and introduced million to painting on a computer. Its sentimental value, then, can’t be understated and may very well be why Microsoft decided to leave it in Windows 10 for now.

One of Microsoft’s most iconic applications won’t be removed from Windows 10 after all… at least, not anytime soon.

In July 2017, Microsoft announced plans to pull the Paint app from Windows 10 and place it in the Windows Store as a standalone app. Paint was introduced in the very first version of Windows back in 1985 and was updated over the years as new versions of Windows were launched.

Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager on the Windows Insider Team, confirmed on Twitter that MS Paint will be included in update 1903 and will remain in Windows 10 for the foreseeable future.

User response to the decision appears to be mixed. While some are applauding Microsoft’s move, others feel the Redmond tech giant should strip “every bit of unnecessary old junk” out of the operating system to make it as slim and refined as possible.

What are your thoughts? Should Paint stick around or is it time to unbundle the app from Windows 10?

Permalink to story.


Uncle Al

Posts: 8,659   +7,561
While it's old, I still use it for a number of "minor" things I do on the computer. It's easy to use and very, very familiar, which counts for a lot for those of us that don't want to start from the ground up.


Posts: 3,322   +2,078
After I discovered, that was pretty much the end of Paint for me. But every once in a while, I still fire it up for something quick and simple.

As madboyv1 mentioned, the footprint is negligible, so I don't see any reason to remove it.


Posts: 767   +493
To this day I still use paint for quick basic edits. I only opened Paint 3D once, but I don't have the time or need to learn it.


I discovered too, but it loads a ton of stuff and is slow to start. PAINT was/is just find as-is; simple and direct.


Posts: 1,297   +1,085
I use paint on our servers, plus on my workstation. I use it when I go to friends/family's computers. I see no reason to pull it. MS probably just wants to sucker people into their crappy store.


Posts: 5,469   +6,157
No point in removing something that has no negatives to keep. No one is going to miss the infinitesimal amount of space it takes up.


Posts: 739   +570
I use it all the time as well for small edits. Lets get rid of the 30+ junk Win10 apps that get auto installed and auto updated instead!!!


Posts: 265   +476
The eye dropper tool is still very useful for me to quickly find the RGB/HSL values of a color without having to open full-fat Photoshop or GIMP. Also great for cutting and pasting screenshots. Glad they are keeping it around.


Posts: 1,767   +668
Related to the "slim and lean" concept, I'd also like to point out that Paint 3D is almost a magnitude larger than what it replaces ha ha ha... As of this post the is 58MB for it's whole folder. Snip and Sketch is only 1MB larger than the snipping tool believe it or not.


Posts: 681   +1,079
If Microsoft made few changes, it would improve the usability so much. For one, replace the entire zoom behavior. Then add transparency (not just with selections + a background color). Last allow anti-aliasing when resizing images or selections. These wouldn’t require a significant change in footprint and would add much more flexibility to Paint.


Posts: 1,175   +1,096
I think Windows' own cookies and cache themselves takes up more 10x the size of the humble paint.

It's inconceivable why they would even consider removing it by saying "for now".

It's one of the most useful in-built utilities, which is one of the charms of Windows (ironically).
Last edited: