Windows 10 Paint app is finally heading to its new home “Microsoft Store”

Microsoft Paint app is not going away and it will now receive
improvements or updates via the Windows 10’s app store. In the
future, Microsoft will offer MS Paint in the Windows Store for
free and still maintain the Paint 3D app to ensure that all
tools for creators are available in one place.

Way back in 2017, reports suggested that MS Paint is heading to
the Recycle Bin with the Fall Creators Update. After user
backlash, Microsoft promised that the classic Paint app is
“here to stay” and it would be moved to the Windows Store for
faster updates. However, that never happened and Microsoft
started offering Paint as an “optional feature”.

1,300 days after the announcement, Microsoft has finally
published the Paint app in the Windows Store where the app will
be a free download. In future versions of Windows, Paint will
receive updates via the Store, but it’s not yet unclear if it
would be developed any further or Microsoft will focus only on
Paint 3D.

MS Paint
MS Paint Store version with a new icon

Anyone who doesn’t want to use this simple graphics app can
still remove it by following these steps:

  • Open Settings > Apps & Features.
  • Click on the link to manage optional features.
  • Select and uninstall Paint.

Once the Paint app is removed, you can restore it via the same
optional features page or reinstall the app from the Microsoft
Store.

Like
Notepad, Paint will also move out of the accessories folder
in the Start Menu.

Microsoft is making Paint 3D features completely optional

For those who like MS Paint and hate Paint 3D, Microsoft is
making the 3D graphics app completely optional.

In clean installs of Windows 10 version 21H2, 3D Viewer
and Paint 3D are going away, and Microsoft is also removing the
“Edit
with Paint 3D” option from the context menu. However, you
can still get them from the Microsoft Store.

These changes are currently scheduled to go live later this
year with Windows 10’s Sun Valley update.

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