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Saturday 15 August 2015

Corel Paint Shop Pro on Windows 10. Version X3 does not work, time to upgrade.

Seeing as Microsoft Windows 10 has been offered free to everyone it made sense to install it. Everything seemed to still be working ok until I ran Paint Shop Pro X3. The mouse pointer changed to a blue "busy" circle for a few seconds and then nothing happened. I tried it again and the same thing happened.

Paint Shop Pro X3 just does this when you try and run it under Windows 10 :

I then tried altering the settings so it ran it as Windows7 compatibility mode and the same problem.

Looking online I found that the x3 was not compatible so the time had come to upgrade. Thankfully Amazon have the very latest version of Paint Shop Pro and it was listed as compatible with Windows 8.1 but didn't mention Windows 10 but thankfully someone had asked the question if it worked on version 10 and it did.

When I bought PSP X7 it cost £39.95 but I notice now its only £33.99 !
By the way Corel® PaintShop® Pro X8 came out on 19 August 2015 So it may come down in price even more as they will want you to get the X8 version, if you just want to get up and running with Windows 10 then go for the X7 version. See Amazon links below for latest prices...

The version you need is : Paint Shop Pro X7, there are two versions available the Ultimate and the standard version :

The new version X8 came out on 19th August:

When you install the software you have two icons, one for 32bit and one for 64bit.
Here is the splash screen on my version of Paint Shop Pro X7 running on Windows 7 64Bit.

My Paint Shop Pro X7 running on Windows 10 64bit.

If you already have a non functioning older version of Paint Shop Pro on your Windows 10 PC then you need to uninstall it first.

In Windows 10 goto the Start Button, Click Settings, click on the System icon "Display, notifications, App, power", then Apps & features then scroll down to Corel PaintShop Pro X3, click it and am uninstall button will appear like this  :

Click that and it will then start the uninstall process which rather bizarrely looks like the Install process :

Once its removed you can install PSP X7.

Once installed you can update the software so it supports the latest cameras by downloading the latest service patch. At the moment of writing the latest one came out in May:

Paint Shop Pro Update Patches.

I have been using version X7 for a week now and it seems pretty stable on Windows 10 64 bit.
Hope this helps you get your editing situation back up and running.



  1. I have just installed a clean install of Windows 10 and installed the trial version of PSP X8, but I can't get past the "register" screen, I enter my email address but then it just goes blank and stays like that.

    How have you got on?

  2. Ha! of course as soon as I reach out for help, I did a bit more googling with different words and found this...

    1 Open up the Control Panel
    2. Change your view from Category to Large or Small Icons towards the top right.
    3. Double-click on Internet Options
    4. Click on the Security Tab
    5. Click on the Default Level button
    6. Select the Advanced Tab
    7. Click on Restore advanced settings and then click on Reset just below that
    8. Place a check mark into delete personal settings and then click on "Reset"
    9. Once that is complete click on close.
    10. Launch the Corel software and proceed with the registration.

    The last bit of resetting the advanced settings fixed it for me.

    1. Hi Mark, Glad you got it sorted out in the end. I got X7 so not sure about X8.

  3. I used PSP X2 for ages on Win XP, upgraded to Win 7, doesn't work. Ditched PC and bought Imac, ran virtual machine, XP and PSP, worked but a bit fiddly. Have a 17" laptop with Win7, took the free upgrade to 10, and guess what, PSP X2 works perfect so that is me sorted for a time anyway.

  4. I've installed windows 8.1 on my laptop after buying license from ODosta Store, I want to activate it to get free upgrade from windows 7 professional to windows 10 home.
    I'm now confused, How to activate and upgrade to windows 10.
    Please mention within details.

  5. A few years ago, I was tasked with teaching a pack of junior high students how to use a graphics program. Since I worked at a private school, we could not afford the expensive Photoshop license. At the time, PaintShop Pro X7 was on the market and very affordable for our school. So, I created a video series for the students to use. I called it Paintshop Pro X7 Tips and Tricks. One of the reasons I created the course was because I wanted a step by step program that I could deliver to the students over a 9 week period. (Bear in mind, we had other stuff we were learning lie typing as well.) My students loved PSP and we had a lot of fun altering photos with it. It was a great program and we loved the fact that it wasn't too complex. You could get brilliant images out of this program and my students couldn't wait to learn how to create zombies, aliens and other weird creatures. Now that it's years later, I'm still making PaintShop Pro Tips and Tricks DVDs and selling them on Amazon with the latest PaintShop Pro versions. The great thing about this series is that you can learn the program rather quickly. You don't need to fool around with big manuals or dig around endlessly on YouTube you just go to the lesson you want and watch the video. All of them are professionally made and require nothing but your own copy of PaintShop Pro to begin. Anyway, great post! Thanks for sharing!