Microsoft adds Paint placeholder to Windows 10 Optional Features

Windows Paint

Microsoft Paint shows up as an optional feature in Windows
Insider builds, suggesting that it will be uninstallable at
some point, though we don’t have a confirmation from the
Redmond firm yet. Microsoft Paint will continue to remain a
part of Windows 10, but it’s possible that the company will
soon allow users to uninstall Paint.

In preview builds of Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft has quietly
added ‘Microsoft Paint’ to the Windows 10 Optional Features
settings. The ‘Optional Features’ setting is a place to manage
particular Windows functionalities such as Windows Media
Player, MSIX packaging tool, Windows Developer Mode, and
Microsoft Quick Assist.

The section to manage optional features now includes ‘Microsoft
Paint’ but it appears to be a placeholder as installing and
uninstalling the app from Optional Features makes no

Paint optional feature

To access optional features using the Settings app, you have to
follow these steps:

  • Open Settings > System > Apps & features.
  • Click on ‘Manage optional features’ link.

You will find Paint listed in the ‘Add a feature’ section.

Microsoft Paint was earlier supposed to be removed from Windows
10 and the Redmond firm had also been warning users that Paint
will be moved to the Windows Store. However, Windows 10 May
2019 Update
removed the warning and recently a Microsoft engineer also
confirmed that
Paint will remain included in future versions of Windows

While Windows 10’s Paint app isn’t going anywhere and it’s here
to stay, it looks like Microsoft wants to give more choice to

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