Installed GIMP program will not open in Windows 10

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November 29, 2016 at 07:08:26
Specs: Windows 10, AMD A8/4 Gb
I downloaded and installed a photo editing program GIMP. I created a desktop icon and when I clicked it, the program did not open but the toolbar icon just flashed. I checked Properties on the icon and everything looked correct.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#1
November 29, 2016 at 07:39:55
You may need to set GIMP to run in Compatibility Mode:

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/s...


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#2
November 29, 2016 at 08:26:43
Phil22,

Thank you for your response.. I tried both methods given in the article that you referred to but neither of them worked.

Brian W


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#3
November 29, 2016 at 12:12:07
I just now downloaded GIMP 2.8.18 from https://www.gimp.org/

It installed with out a hitch.

I created a desktop icon

Did you create the icon or did the program do it?

When I installed, the program prompted if I wanted to create a Desktop Icon.

If you did it by hand you may be linking to the wrong file.

Try an uninstall & reinstall and choose a Custom install.
Just click through, making no changes, and you should
be asked if you want a Desktop Icon and/or a Quick Launch icon.

I'm on windows 7 so not sure if this will help with Win 10.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#4
November 29, 2016 at 12:34:53
Dear mmcconaghy,

I tried your suggestion and unfortunately it did not work. On a whim, I tried to install GIMP on another Windows 10 computer and it installed and worked without any problem. It would now seem that there is a problem of some sort on the first computer that is preventing the installation of GIMP. While I am curious, I do not know enough about Windows 10 to try to fix it.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#5
November 29, 2016 at 12:46:43
I have it on my Win 10, although it is an old version of Gimp. You could uninstall it from the Control Panel then use a fresh download. Do not "Run" the new download in your browser but instead Save it as a file then double click the file to start the install.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
November 29, 2016 at 15:39:10
Derek,

Thank you for your suggestion; however, when I downloaded GIMP from www.gimp.org, I did not see the choice of "run" or "save it as a file." I continued the installation but had the same problem as before: it extracted the files, created as icon on the toolbar but would not run.

Brian W


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#7
November 29, 2016 at 16:00:25
Every download (whatever the source or Program) gives an option to either Run or Save it. Well, one exception is Firefox which will only allow Saves. This is the best method rather than installing it while the browser is running.

It is definitely possible, quite normal and nothing particularly to do with Gimp. That choice has been available since Windows 95. What browser are you using?

Internet Explorer info:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#8
November 29, 2016 at 16:06:31
Derek,

I am using Chrome as my browser.

Thank you.

Brian W


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#9
November 29, 2016 at 16:57:37
From a website about Chrome:

===================================
Download or delete executable (.exe) files

You need to confirm certain kinds of files before they can run on your computer. This step helps keep your computer safe from malicious software.

Begin downloading an executable file, like .exe, .dll, or .bat.
You'll be asked if you want to download the file.
If you want to download, confirm by clicking Save at the bottom of the Chrome window.
If you're not sure about the contents of the download, click Discard.

If the download link matches the list of malicious websites published by Google's Safe Browsing service, you’ll see a warning.
===================================

So it seems you look at the bottom of the page, which is what you do on other browsers. Mostly downloaded files are put in your Downloads Folder. It is not essential to keep the download after the program (Gimp in your case) has been installed.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#10
November 29, 2016 at 17:18:10
Derek,

The GIMP file was .exe but still does not run. I do not want to waste any more of your time trying to solve this problem. While I will continue to wonder why GIMP did not run on my first computer, I will use my other Windows 10 computer that runs GIMP correctly.

Thank you.
Brian W


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#11
November 29, 2016 at 18:51:18
OK. Thanks for letting us know.

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#12
November 30, 2016 at 04:41:40
Brian, two things before you give up on this,

I vaguely remember Gimp would not run if you had to many fonts on
your machine.
I have only the default fonts that came with the OS, but
could that be a problem with yours?

Also, in the Properties section of the Gimp Icon, the path to the executable is:

"C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.8.exe"

Is that the same as yours?

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#13
November 30, 2016 at 05:24:03
mmcconaghy,

I checked the fonts on both computers and they are the same in number (207) and in style. I download GIMP again and checked the executable path; the path was the same on both computers.

I usually do not like to give up on a problem but there is a saying "It's like hitting your head against the wall; it feels good when you stop."

Thank you.
Brian W


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#14
November 30, 2016 at 16:04:27
Derek and/or mmcconaghy,

Earlier today, I was unable to connect to AOL by using the desktop icon. The AOL Tech repaired it and said that the "connection" was lost by a Windows 10 update.

When I click the desktop icon for GIMP, I had the same problem. Is there a connectivity link (similar to the AOL problem) that may be causing this situation?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#15
November 30, 2016 at 17:47:44
I don't think your AOL problem and connectivity has any bearing on your Gimp issue.

I still don't understand why you cant download the file and save it somewhere. This should be possible on any download and not just Gimp. Does it allow this on other downloads?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#16
December 1, 2016 at 07:16:49
If you want to try an earlier version of GIMP look here:

https://download.gimp.org/mirror/pu...

Try: gimp-2.8.16-setup.exe or gimp-2.8.14-setup.exe

There is a 2.9 version, but it is a development version
and as such is not really ready for prime time, but if you
want to give it a try look here:

https://www.gimp.org/news/2016/07/1...

There is additionally a Gimp Portable, you put it on a usb stick:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/po...

As far as I know the only time Gimp goes on the web is if you manually do an update or access the other features.

I would check the two machines and see how they differ,
especially on Win 10 Updates.

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/

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#17
December 1, 2016 at 09:15:37
Derek,

Thank you for your response. I looked at the download once again and there is no provision to SAVE.

Thank you again,
Brian W


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#18
December 1, 2016 at 09:17:25
mmcconaghy,

How would I check to see if the Windows 10 updates are the same on both computers?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#19
December 1, 2016 at 12:15:36
Try this:

Start
Control Panel
Programs
Under Programs & Features
There should be a View Installed Updates

It is a rather extensive list, so comparing could be tedious.

Here are some useful suggestion to get the list in more usable formats:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/con...

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#20
December 1, 2016 at 12:23:13
See the Chrome bit here:
http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-Where...

Or you might be victim of this issue:
http://www.presentermedia.com/blog/...
Note that the link directly above is 2013 so your Chrome detail will have changed.

For some reason there is stacks around about how to specify "where" to save a file but nothing saying how. I don't want to put Chrome on my computer otherwise I could tell you. However you could try it via Internet Explorer (type it in Search) - that's what I happen to use on WIn 10. Also there is Edge. I'm not suggesting you use either of these generally but you could just for Gimp.

There has to be a simple way to download a file in Chrome rather than opening everything in the browser and Running it. In some cases the latter could be quite dangerous. Maybe a Chrome user will assist.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#21
December 5, 2016 at 05:32:34
mmcconaghy,

I checked the updates on both computers and they were different:

The computer that works GIMP has KB3199209 which is not on the computer that does not work GIMP.

The computer that does not work GIMP has KB3176935 and KB3176937 that the GIMP-working computer does not have.

What is my next step?

Thank you.
Brian W


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#22
December 5, 2016 at 07:26:53
I'm running Windows 7 so I am unable to cross reference your updates to see if
they coincide with my computer.
( I did check and I have none of the listed updates, which I expected, but checked anyway.)

Hopefully someone on Windows 10, who uses GIMP, will chime in.

I checked the three updates:

KB3199209 is a Critical Update with a date of 10/17/2016
also listed for Windows Server 2016.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

KB3176935 is a Critical Update with a date of 8/23/2016

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

KB3176937 is a Critical Update with a date of 8/23/2016

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...


I do not know why you don't have all three on both machines,
and unfortunately I don't have the understanding of Windows or GIMP to make any sense of it. Sorry.

You could go to Windows Update and make sure they were installed properly and weren't' overlooked.

Also you might want to check the GIMP site and see if they have gotten a Bug report on the problem.
Check here about half way down page:
https://www.gimp.org/bugs/

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#23
December 6, 2016 at 09:29:13
Derek and mmcconaghy,

Thank you for your assistance. No more trying to figure out why GIMP works on one computer but not the other.

Brian W


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