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Can i get corel photo paint 8 to work with windows 7

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I know it won't work right with Windows Vista, forcing me to go back to Windows XP. Now with all the daily updates from Windows for XP, I am starting to have trouble with Photopaint 8 again. It is like 15 years old, but it was one of the best graphic editors out there. I wish they would just take what they had with PP8, and make a new version compatible with Windows 7. Seems like all the Corel upgrades to PP8 changed it completely and ruined it.

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  • Rick Meckstroth Dec 07, 2010

    I had the same experience with PP8 and Vista and went back to Windows XP for the same reason. It is still running solid on the XP, and yeah, it is like 15 year old software. And I agree Corel ruined it with upgrades that were way different, and I wish they had left it alone, and just updated it for Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. I probably won't upgrade to Windows 7 until I hear if PP8 is more compatible than it was for Vista.

  • Norma Joyce Grundy Oct 05, 2012

    Try getting a virtual pc to put old software on. That way you can have an XP or even older environment. VMWare Player works brilliantly, is free and runs all your peripherals.

  • Michael Brownson Aug 31, 2013

    I found a fix to this issue: get an copy of MFC42.DLL (I used one from Windows XP SP2) and copy it to Corel's program directory (ie. Corel\Graphics8\Programs\). Then I created a CMD script (see attached image). Finally, in each shortcut link's properties dialog box in the Start Menu, I prefixed C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c c:\batch\corel.cmd to the target field (ex. For Corel PhotoPaint: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c c:\batch\corel.cmd C:\apps\Corel\Graphics8\Programs\photopnt.exe). Before, Corel PhotoPaint would crash constantly! After this fix, it has been working!

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Try running the Application Compatibility Tool Kit and see if it gives you options to set the program compatibility mode.

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