Paint.NET 4.4 will only support 64-bit versions Windows 10 and 11
The next major version of the image editor Paint.NET 4.4 won't support the Microsoft operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 anymore.
Paint.NET 4.3.3 was released for all supported operating systems this week. The new version of the image editor is now using .NET 6, which has improved rendering and startup performance according to the author.
Paint.NET 4.3.3 includes several improvements and fixes besides that. The ARM64 version has seen a download size reduction of about 33%, installation performance has been improved by "migrating away from Nullsoft Scriptable Installer System", and Dark Theme support has been improved for Windows 10 version 1809 and newer. Three new interface languages, Thai, Corsican and Catalan, have been added as well in the new release version.
In this release, Paint.NET has been migrated to the just-released .NET 6. This comes with additional improvements for both rendering and startup performance, as well as ensuring that myself and plugin authors can develop using the latest version of the platform, including C# 10.
You can check out the full changelog on the official website. Paint.NET 4.3.3 is available as an in-application upgrade, as an upgrade through Microsoft Store, if the Store version is installed, and as a direct download from the official website.
Paint.net displays the installed version when you launch it. You may also select the question mark icon and then About to display it.
Paint.NET 4.4 outlook
A new blog post on the official Paint.NET blog provides insight on the upcoming Paint.NET 4.4 version. The upcoming version of Paint.NET makes the following changes to the program's system compatibility:
- Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 won't be supported by Paint.NET 4.4; this means, that only Windows 10 and Windows 11 will be supported going forward.
- Only 64-bit versions will be supported; this means that there won't be a 32-bit version release anymore starting with the release of Paint.NET 4.4.
New Paint.NET 4.3.x versions may be released until version 4.4 is released officially.
The main reason given for the change is that development of Windows 7 and 8.1 versions of Paint.NET has " become significantly more difficult and time consuming to support" according to the developer. Other reasons include that usage is low and that the cost of development can't be justified anymore to continue support for the operating systems.
It is unclear if pre-Paint.NET 4.4 versions will continue to work, but it seems likely that this will be the case. Bug fixes or security updates won't be released anymore though once Paint.NET 4.4 has been released.
Alternatives such as GIMP, which support Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, are available.
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