Invalid Page Fault Starting WordPad or Paint

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When you start WordPad or Paint, you may receive the following error message:

filename caused an invalid page fault in module Mfc42.dll at memory address
This behavior can occur if the registry entries for WordPad or Paint are damaged.
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this issue, uninstall WordPad and Paint, delete the registry keys for the programs, and then reinstall WordPad and Paint:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  2. Click the Windows Setup tab, click Accessories, and then click Details.
  3. Click the WordPad and Paint check boxes to clear them, click OK, and then click OK.
  4. Using Registry Editor, delete the following registry keys and then restart your computer:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Applets\Wordpad

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Applets\Paint
  5. Start the Add/Remove Programs tool as described in step 1.
  6. Click the Windows Setup tab, click Accessories, and then click Details.
  7. Click the WordPad and Paint check boxes to select them, click OK, and then click OK.
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Article ID: 218632 - Last Review: 10/14/2013 19:38:36 - Revision: 1.2

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