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Windows 10: Microsoft Gives Paint Major Overhaul and Registry Editor an Address Bar

Another busy week for Microsoft saw the company do much with the Windows 10 platform. From a new Paint experience, through app updates and service tweaks, to bug fixing, here are the stories from the last seven days.


As is usually the case, that last week in the world of was a busy one. From new announcements, fixes, preview releases, and market analysis, much happened. It was a busy seven days for and it was certainly easy to miss some of the smaller announcements. Here we will attempt to relay a brief history of Windows 10 over the last week.

New Paint

Microsoft Paint is one of the classics of the Windows experience. In the coming weeks the application may receive its biggest overhaul in some time. Microsoft is working on a new Paint application that will introduce a number of new features. On top of that, it's like the company will also make it a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) service.

On top of that, it's like the company will also make it a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) service.

That means Paint will cross devices on Windows 10, giving mobile users the full suite. You can check out the new Paint experience in action in the video above.

Registry Editor (regedit)

The Registry Editor has never gone through many changes. Indeed, in its current for the tool is very much the same experience as it was on Windows XP. However, Windows Insiders now have a new feature in the form of an address bar. This is important because it makes finding entries so much easier. This follows the updating of the icon through the Anniversary Update. The new feature was rolled out to Insiders via build 14942.

Insider Love for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has rolled out a couple of updates to Insiders for Windows 10 PC in recent weeks. However, the company has not updated Windows 10 Mobile for some time. Now the company is returning with a new Windows Insider release covering some new features for Redstone 2. As we reported, these changes will focus on some UI and navigational changes to the platform.

Photos Update

The Photos app for Windows 10 was also given a bump over the last seven days. Microsoft released version 16.1003.10012.0 to PC and mobile users. The update is focused heavily on tweaking the UI with such additions as a new Light Mode and a smoother Albums experience.

Edge-focused Cumulative Update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update build KB3197356 was sent out this week with a focus on fixing an issue with the Edge browser.

“This cumulative update resolves an issue in which some sites do not load in after KB3194496 is installed. This issue occurs when a user is on a page that specifies a character encoding hint that isn't present on the computer, and the user browses from that page to a location that uses HTTP redirection,” Microsoft explains.

Fixing Update Problem

A cumulative update for Windows 10 sent out two weeks ago was causing systems to crash. Microsoft said the problem was through the regkey and that it only affected a small number of users. After several workarounds were posted, the company finally launched a fix. The fix comes in the form of an installer file. Rather than direct registry edits, it comes as a .msi file called “Update Registry.”

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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