Painter 2016: Thumbnails and file assocaitions with .rif files are not correct when installing Painter 2016 on a system with Painter2015

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This is caused but a conflict collision in the Windows Registry for the RIF file type.


  1. Open the Windows Registry
   a. In Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, right-click or tap-and-hold the Start button and then choose Run. Prior to Windows 8.1, Run is most easily available from the Apps screen.   b. In Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click on Start.   c. In Windows XP, click on the Start button and then click Run....
  1. In the search box, or Run window, type the following: Regedit and then press Enter.
  2. Registry Editor will open.
  3. Click File, then Export and save a copy of your registry
   a. See for more information
  2. Scroll down and locate .rif
  3. Right Click .rif key and choose delete
  4. Close the Registry
  5. Open Windows Explorer and locate a RIF File
  6. Right click on a RIFF file Then choose Properties
  7. Click on the [Change Change] Button
  8. You’ll will see two options, both for Painter 2016. One “Keep using Painter 2016” and below it, another “Painter 2016”. Select the second one.


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