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Get the Old Microsoft Paint UI Back in Windows 7

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Were you less than pleased when the Ribbon UI was added to Paint in Windows 7? If you have been longing for the old UI style then you will definitely want to get your hands on Paint XP for Windows 7.

The great thing about Paint XP is that it installs separately, thus avoiding any conflict with the default Paint install for Windows 7. Ready for the bonus part? Both will run side-by-side at the same time without problems as seen above! You can literally have your cake and eat it too.

Note: We’ve removed this installer because it became full of crapware add ons. 

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/11/11

Comments (20)

  1. Jonneh

    YES! <3

  2. rayden

    back step in pictures editors))

  3. AsianAngel

    @rayden – Personally I think this is great. ^_^ Why? Because it gives people the option to have either style or both as best suits their needs on Windows 7. ^_^ On some apps I do not mind seeing the Ribbon UI, but on other apps I absolutely despise it. Choice is good. ^_^

  4. evilJ

    Great! Do you have anything that turns Windows 7 into Windows 3.1?

  5. AsianAngel

    @evilJ – Not yet ha ha! But that would be a wicked trick though. ^_^

  6. redcat

    I’ve always installed and used Paint.NET great app.

  7. Will

    …but the default Win7 is way better. o.O

  8. AsianAngel

    @redcat – Paint.NET is pure awesomeness! ^_^ I can guarantee you will find a copy of it installed on every Windows system I have running. ^_^

    And for my Ubuntu systems I have Pinta…it is very similar to Paint.NET so I get total photo app goodness no matter which system I use. ^_^

  9. Alex

    Paint.NET is way better. It can be downloaded for free from

    It’s the way MS Paint should have been from the onset.

  10. miki

    caregry: inutils

  11. Thegeekprofessor

    Can someone explain to me why this is relevant in the slightest? Who on Earth uses paint for ANYTHING let alone pictures like those above? I can say with certainty that it would be near impossible to generate such graphics in paint and editing would be a waste of time too.

    If you’re doing anything more than cropping a photo, why even look at paint?

  12. Thegeekprofessor

    Not to mention that the ribbon makes it a lot easier and faster to find options and controls. Why do people complain about it so much? I really am curious/confused.

  13. Camilo Martin

    I imagine this is a performance enhancement? (I believe old style MSPaint should start-up faster).

  14. Tajima

    What is the manga in these pictures?

  15. AsianAngel

    @Tajima – They are random anime wallpapers that I found at DesktopNexus.

  16. Red

    Ribbon easier and faster? not really. having your tools spread over seperate tabs is horrible for ease of finding and speed.
    I still can not consistently find the things I need in word or excel.
    also rightclick for the second colour was removed which makes it slower still.

    besides, paint WAS perfect for just quickly illustrating something when it did not need to be pretty.

  17. Shqdoow_67_

    Ja mam Paint.Net

  18. Shadoow_67_

    Jaaaaa mam Paint Neeetaaa…..

  19. Sergio Nova

    Does anyone know of a command I can give to Windows so every time it is said to open MSPaint it will automaticaly open Panit XP?

  20. Andy R

    This is great. Microsoft seems to have a loathing for that most useful and efficient of interfaces – the File Menu- and yet it’s simply the best way of making a large number of options available.

    In other applications – less so in paint – the “mouseless” method of using menu items (Alt+F for File, Alt+E for Edit) is incredibly useful and can inprove productivity greatly.

    The ribbon is just an enlarged, glorified toolbar. Toolbars are useful, but can’t replace a good File, Edit menu bar for a large number of options. They were idiots to try it in Office 2007

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