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Troubles with Windows 10 Ken Farley via gimp-user-list 11 Sep 18:50
Ken Farley via gimp-user-list
2019-09-11 18:50:47 UTC (6 days ago)

Troubles with Windows 10

I've just recently been forced to move from a Windows 7 computer to Windows 10. I have a number of problems with GIMP which might be caused by Windows 10, or by the draconian number of "security" programs we are forced to have running on our systems. Here's the situation:

(1) I cannot run any version of Gimp newer than 2.10.0. Attempting to start any newer version generates a Gimp process, but never actually brings up the program. Not even the splash screen. Poking about on various user forums suggests that the culprit in this case might be Sophos. Unfortunately, knowing the possible cause does not give me a cure. If anyone knows of a fix for this, please let me know.

(2) Running version 2.10.0 is okay, it has the functionality I need (though, I wonder what improvements I'm missing - probably a lot). However, whenever I try to do any sort of file operation - like opening, saving, exporting, etc. - I get at least one error box with the message

COULD NOT RETRIEVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FILE Error when getting information for file "C:\ ": No such file or directory

I suspect this problem has something to do with the environment variables for "HOME", "HOMEDRIVE" or "HOMEPATH"? Unfortunately these are set by our IT people to a directory on our shared network server. Something I don't like, but can't change. Is my suspicion true? If not, what is the cause of this mess? It's particularly annoying if I try to change the configuration options -> it generates about 20 of those windows which must be closed one at a time before anything else can be done.

So, any ideas about my troubles, or any other system configurations that might make GIMP run nicely would be appreciated.