An error occurred while opening .dds file with Paint

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I have opened a .dds file with paint and I got this error. I tried to open it with Paint.Net and I got the same error. Now can I can’t open any type of images with paint and Paint.Net and it shows the same error every time. A new install of Paint.Net is not working. Can anyone help me please to fix this error message? Why and what happened when I opened the .dds file? Thank you.


Paint cannot read this file.

This is not a valid bitmap file, or it format is not currently supported.

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An error occurred while opening .dds file with Paint


Some of the programs use DDS file or “.dds” for the skin or the one you see that makes the layout for the interface. Though this is a kind of image file, you cannot open it if you will be using Microsoft Windows Paint. It doesn’t work and it doesn’t support the file either. To open a DDS file you need to use Paint.NET. If you don’t have the latest version yet, download it from Paint.NET 3.5.11 or 4.0 Beta Download.

Paint.NET 3.5.11 supports Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This version requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 which will be installed with the package. If you will be installing Paint.NET 4.0 Beta, it requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1.

It requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4 which is also included in the package when you install it. Supposedly, if you already have Paint.NET, you should be able to open the DDS file. Since you cannot open the DDS file, try uninstalling Paint.NET the one currently installed on your computer and download the latest version I mentioned above.

It should fix the problem. The file formats that Paint.NET supports include DDS, GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP, TGA, and TIFF. Also, if you wish to download some plug-ins for Paint.NET, you can visit Paint.NET Plug-ins Publishing Only.

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