Microsoft Paint has been part of the Windows operating system for over two decades. Launched with the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0, the Paint program has been included in every version of Windows operating system since then and is the default graphics editor all versions of Windows.
About two years ago (July 2017), Microsoft announced that the Paint would be added to the deprecated Windows features, but even today (in the version 1903) the Paint is very much part of Windows 10.
Microsoft Paint doesn’t offer much compared to third-party free graphics editing tools like the free Paint.net. Microsoft has not touched it after adding the ribbon interface to it a decade ago. As said before, it will be installed default in future versions of Windows 10. Microsoft has added a new replacement called Paint 3D to recent Windows 10 versions. Of course, the new Paint 3D is much better the classic Paint program in most ways.
Most users seldom use the built-in Paint program. If you don’t use the Paint program and have installed a better program to use as your default graphics editor, you might want to uninstall and remove the Microsoft Paint from Windows 10.
Luckily, Microsoft has made it possible to uninstall the Paint from Windows 10. In this guide, we will see how to install and reinstall the Paint program in Windows 10.
You can use this method to quickly reinstall the Microsoft Paint program if it’s not working properly or fails to launch.
IMPORTANT: You must be running 18963 or later build of Windows 10 to be able to install and uninstall Microsoft Paint program using this method.
Uninstall Microsoft Paint from Windows 10
For install directions, scroll down the page.
Step 1: Open Settings. Navigate to Apps > Apps & features page.
Step 2: Click on the Optional features link.
Step 3: On the optional features page, look for Microsoft Paint entry. Click on the Microsoft Paint entry to reveal the hidden Uninstall button.
Step 4: Click on the Uninstall button to uninstall the Microsoft Paint program from your Windows 10 computer.
Install Microsoft Paint in Windows 10
Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps & features page. Alternatively, you can type Manage optional features in the Start/taskbar search field and then hit the Enter key to open the same quickly.
Step 2: Click on the Optional features link to open its page.
Step 3: Here, click Add a feature option.
Step 4: In the available features list, look for Microsoft Paint entry. Click on it to see the Install button. Click on the Install button to install the Paint program.