gpg.exe Vista Crash

John Clizbe John at
Sun Feb 1 10:45:14 CET 2009

Brian wrote:
> I downloaded 1.4.9 and installed it.  I then grabbed WinPT and when 
> launching WinPT, I get repeated gpg.exe crashes, like I did before.
> I also downloaded GnuPT and installed that, which comes with 1.4.9 and 
> running that also causes gpg.exe crashes.
> I then took all of the EXEs from w32cli install and copied them over to 
> the GnuPT folder and had the same result.
> I am really at a loss as to how to get a GUI interface to work with GnuPG.
> What should I try next?

Please QUIT installing add-ons until the program is working. You won't fix it by
throwing more code at the problem.

It sounds like your system is still finding the GPG4win binaries first.
You may verify that by opening a command window (Start->Run-> cmd.exe click OK)
then enter the command

    gpg --version

The first line of output should either specify 1.4.7 if the GPG4win code is
found first, 1.4.9 otherwise. If it's 1.4.7, enter the command


That will display the value of the PATH environment variable.
C:\Program Files\Gnu\GnuPG\pub will likely occur before
C:\Program Files\Gnu\GnuPG. That's what is causing your problem.

To fix it, you may either edit the PATH value (Control Panel -> System ->
Advanced -> Environment Variables)

Perhaps the easiest would be to run both the GnuPG for Windows (GPG4Win) and
GnuPG uninstallers. Then delete any files remaining in
C:\Program Files\Gnu\GnuPG. Re-run the gnupg-w32cli-1.4.9.exe installer.

Open a fresh command window and give the command 'gpg --version' again. It
should report 1.4.9 as the version.

I see you are using Thunderbird. Are you also wishing to use Enigmail for email
OpenPGP use? If so, set it up npw and get it working next. If you already have
keys, you do not need to generate a new key pair unless you just want to.

Quick Start Guide:

If you wish a separate GUI similar to PGP's most PGP users I know who have moved
to GnuPG prefer GPGshell. Download and unzip the installer from I like to install GPGshell as a
subdirectory under GnuPG (C:\Program Files\Gnu\GnuPG\GPGshell)

John P. Clizbe                      Inet:John (a)
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