Install GnuPG on Win98? Use GPA?

Justin Troutman
Sun Mar 31 12:10:02 2002

Hash: RIPEMD160

On Sun, 31 Mar 2002 02:30 CST Greg Strong wrote:

> I've downloaded GnuPG 1.0.6 and GPA.  I'm assuming GPA is the
> Win32 GUI to use with GnuPG after reading a few messages.  The
> are and gpa-0.4.3.tar.gz, respectively.
GPA is probably the best GUI for it, of which I use, along with WinPT
( due to its tasktray availability and clipboard

> It looks like most of the documentation on the web site pertains to
> "standard" installation onto Linux and running GnuPG from the
> The site does state GnuPG can be used on Win32 OS's.  I would
> use GnuPG with a more user friendly frontend, but have experience
> working from the prompt on DOS before Windows took over.

Working with GnuPG via command line is fairly simple, provided you
read over the man file and some documentation, however the GUI
automation is great, but, with GnuPP, of which is explained a bit
below, you can use the GUI utilities or still choose to run it at the
command line. Your call.

> I would like to use GnuPG with my email client either encrypting
> or using with signatures for authentication.  Presently I'm using
> Virtual Access 5.51 for an email client, but this may change to
> in the future.
> My questions are as follows:
> 1) Any special installation instructions for Win98?
> 2) If GPA is the standard GUI, can I use this with any email
> 3) If #2 is yes, is there any threads in the archives which would
> provide some help.
> I'm never used PGP.  I've read the Howtos and parts of the manual,
so I
> have some background.  Actually using the application would be the
> experience, and would like to get a good start.  TIA!

I would recommend downloading the GnuPP package, which bundles GnuPG,
GPA, and WinPT together for easy installation.
The GnuPP site it in German, but with a little help from Google
translation, you should be able to comprehend everything at:

As for integration with mail clients, on my Windows 98 box, I use
GPGOE (for Outlook Express), which utilizes the S/MIME encrypt/sign
buttons (although not using S/MIME) to do the GnuPG encrypt/sign
routines. I am well pleased with it, especially after migrating from
all the GUI eye-candy of PGP and its mail plugins.

Also, check for plugins and such
which might be of use to you and whichever mail client you decide on

Hope this helps you get started with using the application. If you
have any questions, feel free to send 'em on.

Later on,
Justin 'just another hardcore crypto junkie' Troutman
Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (MingW32) - GPGOE Plug-in 0.2.2
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