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    Run Paint.Net without having it installed (USB)
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    At one company I work with, having any sort of free software installed on a company PC is a no-no and automatic audits of the Control Panel install list are done on a periodic basis.

    The Add/Remove control panel applet remove tab builds its list by searching this registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall for any entries with a DisplayName value. This is the Control Panel "Add/Remove programs" related registry entry.

    I find Paint.NET to be a very valuable image editing tool for day to day use. The company disagrees. So, the solution was to copy the installed program to another directory and "uninstall"

    I created a new folder in the root of C:\ called "Program Files Not Installed". I copied the Paint.NET folder to Paint.NET2.65. (I cannot install 3.0 since this same company has not come around to installing Windows XP Service pack 2. That is another story!)

    I ran the uninstall to remove the original version and installed program entry from the registry.

    I created a shortcut in the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ folder so that it will appear back on the start menu.

    I did have a problem when I tried to print. The wiaaut.dll file was missing. You can download that with the Windows Image Acquisition Library 2.0 (by Microsoft). It is an imaging toolkit for developers.
    http://www.ilixis.com/developer/wia.html

    Paint.NET http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html

    You can also run Paint.NET from a USB key drive or Network drive or other portable file storage in this manner.
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