JSI Tip 8880. Windows XP SP2 reports 'Paint cannot save this file' when you attempt to save changes to a picture?

When you attempt to save a changed picture that uses the EXIF (EXchangeable Image File) format, you receive:

<File Name>.jpg

Paint cannot save this file. Save was interrupted, so your file has not been saved.

This bug will occur if the file size of the EXIF formatted picture is between 63,487 bytes and 65,535 bytes.

To workaround this behavior, you must change the file size:

1. Open a CMD.EXE window.

2. Type the following command and press Enter. Note that FQFN is the Fully Qualified File Name of the picture.

rundll32.exe shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen FQFN


rundll32.exe shimgvw.dll,ImageView_Fullscreen "%userProfile%\My Documents\My Pictures\MyPicture.jpg"

3. Press CTRL+K.

4. If prompted, press OK.

5. Press CTRL+K, CTRL+K, and CTRL+K.

6. Press CTRL+S.

7. Save the file, possibly as a new name.

8. Open the file in Paint, make your changes, and save it.

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