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How can I remove irritating file path lists in MS Paint

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 (OEM)

    How can I remove irritating file path lists in MS Paint


    Hi folks
    I’m not a fan of “Paint” within Windows 8.1, so hadn’t really used it until yesterday.

    I noted that when I loaded a file and clicked the “save as” option, each of the file format options (png, jpg, bmp etc) produces a filename box with a drop-down arrow that then displays a short list of complete file paths…. So for example, paths like:

    C:\Users\MyName\Documents\Holiday2013\sunset.jpg

    The folders and files these paths relate to no longer exist. The odd thing is that these paths seem to have been chosen completely at random. They have no commonality of date or origin or destination folder. Some are very recent, some are almost a year old. The number of paths shown is different for each file type – 25 paths for jpg files, 20 for gif files, 4 for bmp and so on.

    None of the listed files have ever been opened in the Paint program. They don’t represent “recent pictures” which are listed separately in the “file” menu. That short list only has file names but not paths and they are not present in the file path lists I’m talking about.

    Just where exactly is Paint randomly picking up these lists from (out of the thousands of possible image file paths that have been present on my PC at one time or another)? Can I stop it from doing so? Can I clear those lists somehow?

    Anyone else see what I see?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 (OEM)


    More info:

    Over the course of today I’ve had 3 or 4 internet sessions (Explorer 9 correction: Explorer 10) and probably downloaded a few dozen jpg files and a bunch of pdf files. Everything went into subfolders in “Documents”. All of those files are now archived on an external drive and have been deleted from my hard disc. None of the files were opened in “Paint”. When I now run “Paint”, the effect on the stored file paths in the “save as/jpg” option is as follows:

    - The number of stored file paths is 25 (as it was beforetoday’s internet sessions)... so I guess 25 is the limit
    - Only 15 of the file paths relate to today’s internetsessions
    - Of those 15 paths, not all are from the most recent internet session… there’s a mixture
    - The remaining 10 paths are from a random mix of earlierfiles, including some from last year

    What gives? I can’t figure out where Paint is getting theselists from and what criteria determine which paths are added to the list andwhich are not!
    Last edited by painshill; 11 Apr 2014 at 15:42.
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  3. #3


    Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, painshill.

    First thing that comes to mind is OneDrive settings. Are you saving anything there?

    Just curious. You're using IE9 in 8.1?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 (OEM)


    Begpardon... I forgot I'm on Explorer 10 now!

    Nope... not using OneDrive, or anything else apart from a portable external USB drive without any backup or other software... just the Windows driver for it.

    (Thanks for the welcome)
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  5. #5


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    Run sfc /scannow in a Command Window as Administrator, to see if it will fix the Orphaned folders. Also try a chkdsk /f in Command Window.
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    Windows 8.1 (OEM)


    OK... I ran the system file checker first and got a message that there were corrupt files, some of which could not be fixed. Here's the edited sfc log details:

    2014-04-11 22:13:33, Info CSI 000003f9 [SR] Cannot repair member file[l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version =6.2.9200.16430, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral,VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type =[l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in thestore, hash mismatch

    2014-04-11 22:13:41, Info CSI 000003fb [SR] Cannot repair member file[l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version =6.2.9200.16430, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral,VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type =[l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in thestore, hash mismatch

    2014-04-11 22:13:41, Info CSI 000003fc [SR] This component was referencedby [l:164{82}]"Package_86_for_KB2769165~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.1.0.2769165-12166_neutral_GDR"

    2014-04-11 22:14:58, Info CSI 00000443 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\de-DE"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:14:59, Info CSI 00000447 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\fr-FR"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:15:00, Info CSI 00000457 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\en-US"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:15:05, Info CSI 00000462 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\it-IT"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:19:50, Info CSI 000006c1 [SR] Cannot repair member file[l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version =6.2.9200.16430, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral,VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type =[l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in thestore, hash mismatch

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c3 [SR] Cannot repair member file[l:36{18}]"Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB" of prncacla.inf, Version =6.2.9200.16430, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture neutral,VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type =[l:24{12}]"driverUpdate", TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral in thestore, hash mismatch

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c4 [SR] This component was referencedby [l:164{82}]"Package_86_for_KB2769165~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.1.0.2769165-12166_neutral_GDR"

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c5 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\en-US"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c6 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\it-IT"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c7 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\de-DE"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store

    2014-04-11 22:19:51, Info CSI 000006c8 [SR] Repairing corrupted file[ml:60{30},l:58{29}]"\??\C:\windows\SysWOW64\fr-FR"\[l:46{23}]"windows.ui.xaml.dll.mui"from store


    The repairs to the dll files have made no difference (and I haven't yet run chkdsk) but I'm now out of my depth!!!

    What should I do about the files that cannot be repaired?


    (I should have mentioned I'm running a year-old Samsung laptop with OEM Windows)
    Last edited by painshill; 11 Apr 2014 at 18:04.
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  7. #7


    You may want to run this.

    DISM to Fix Component Store Corruption:

    DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8
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  8. #8


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 (OEM)


    Thanks

    The /checkhealth switch option returns a message that no corruption is detected.

    I discovered that others have reported exactly the same error messages concerning exactly the same unrepairable files to Microsoft but not received a satisfactory response or explanation. The general hubbub from complainers seemed to be that "hash mismatches" relating to those .inf files are rather common and can probably be ignored. They apparently relate to drivers for pieces of hardware that might conceivably be added to your PC such as printers that you'll probably never own (or will have dedicated drivers for) and suchlike. Does that sound right?

    If so, they're surely unrelated to what's happening with Paint and although the sfc utility has not repaired everything it found amiss, it has done everything it can.

    It's late here now, but I'll run chkdsk tomorrow.
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  10. #10


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i always try to suggest getting it from the makers website when possible ,and when installing it watch and uncheck to set Chrome as default browser ,just a suggestion
    Piriform - Download CCleaner - Millions of users worldwide!
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