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    How does it do that? (Professional 2002 SP1)

    Right well here's the story:

    I just went to use Paint (MSPAINT.EXE) to change the background colour of a gif image transparent and I couldn't find the attribute setting?

    So I checked in a W2K system that I have here and lo and behold, the attribute is there (Image->Attributes).

    Microsoft seem to have removed that setting in the XP version of Paint. Dunno why, but they have.

    Anyway I thought "no problem, I'll just copy MSPAINT.EXE from my W2K system to my XP system and everything in the garden will be rosy".

    By the way, I noticed that the version of MSPAINT.EXE on my W2K system is dated 14th July 2003, whilst the copy in my XP system is 29th August 2002, nearly a year older.

    So, I copied my W2K version over the top of teh XP version (having saved a copy of the XP one first) and then clicked on the program and the attribute was back. All was joy.

    Then I tried to run it again and the attribute had gone.

    When I checked the WINDOWS/SYSTEM32 directory, it had renamed my W2K version of MSPAINT.EXE to MSPAINT.EXE.TMP and had put a copy of the XP one back.

    So 2 questions here:


    1. <LI>Does anyone know why MS have removed the Transparency option from the 2002 XP version of Paint, whilst leaving it in a 2003 W2K version?
      <LI>How come it keeps changing back to the original version?

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    Re: How does it do that? (Professional 2002 SP1)

    Hi Paul

    1/ No idea - hopefully another Lounger has the answer

    2/ Windows XP includes a system file checker, it scans system files and if it finds that a protected file has been overwritten it replaces it with the correct version from the cache. MS Paint must be one of those protected system files.

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    Re: How does it do that? (Professional 2002 SP1)

    1. I guess it is an attempt to force you to buy additional programs like MS Picture It! by limiting functionality of "free" stuff that comes with Windows. By the way, a new version of Mspaint, that comes with WinXP SP-2 (5.1.2600.2108, 8/4/04) has the same lack of Transparency option as the original one (5.1.2600.1106, 8/29/02).

    2. Just save a copy of version that comes with Win2000 SP-4 (5.0.2195.6601, 6/19/03) and replace the XP version when necessary.

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    Re: How does it do that? (Professional 2002 SP1)

    Help > Help Topics...
    Click on the Index tab, scroll down to the 'Draw Opaque command' entry and double-click it.
    There are instructions regarding transparency there, but I personally could not make head nor tail of them. (I suspect it is a change in method rather than a removal of the facility.)
    I tend to use PhotoEditor (which comes with MSOffice), as it has always seemed a lot easier to use the Transparency tool.

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    Re: How does it do that? (Professional 2002 SP1)

    No, that's not it, that's there in the W2K version too. It refers to shapes within the picture, rather than the picture itself.

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