Beloved Windows apps Paint and Wordpad are becoming 'optional' in new update

Rob Waugh
Is it the end? (Microsoft)
Is it the end? (Microsoft)

Microsoft’s 30-year-old Paint app is behind some of the most glorious internet art ever created - and who hasn’t tried out its paint buckets and pencils?

But now the beloved app is being put out to pasture (sort of), along with WordPad, a basic word processor included with Windows.

A new preview build of Windows (Windows 10 Build 1896) sees both apps being demoted to being ‘Optional Features’, which means they can be uninstalled from systems, according to Windows Latest.

But don’t despair, Paint fans: even if you do uninstall the classic app, it can be reinstalled from the Microsoft Store.

Athens,Greece-March 10,2019.The building of Microsoft corporation at Amaroussion Athens-Greece.
Paint has been a part of Windows since the Eighties (Getty)

MS Paint has been bundled with Windows for nearly 35 years – ever since the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0, in 1985.

Wordpad has been bundled with Windows ever since Windows 95.


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Its iconic controls, such as the paint bucket and pencil, have become cult favourites.

There are a number of artists who have shown off works created entirely in MS Paint.

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