gpg.exe Vista Crash

Brian belstsrv at
Mon Feb 2 16:53:40 CET 2009

John Clizbe wrote:
 > 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 
 >> 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
 >     path
 > 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)
Thanks John, and everyone else for their assistance.

I removed everything and executed the gpg  --version command and it reports:
gpg (GnuPG) 1.4.9
Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

I did the path command, and it reports:
C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG
as the only PGP related entry.

My main use for GunPG is really key storage and creation for some other 
processes/projects I have.  Not really using it for Thunderbird or any 
other email, yet.

I am really confounded by this issue.  I have disabled UAC in Vista as 
well.  It has been disabled this entire time.

I've now removed everything and am going to try to reinstall just the 

What could I try and do that might simulate the issues I am seeing when 
using a GUI frontend (without installing the frontend)?  I want to just 
use the command line a little to see if that works.

Thanks again!

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