Why am I seeing this missing .dll error when trying to launch GIMP?

juliet February 9, 2011
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I’m tryin to reinstall GIMP. It was working fine last night and now all of a sudden it’s not workin at all.

It’s giving me this warning when I go to open it:

GIMP Error Message

So I uninstall and of course reinstall and it’s giving me the same stuff. Help?

  1. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm


    Right, it is a GTK version conflict. then using these steps:

    1. Install the latest GTK from http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

    2. Rename 3 files in C:Program FilesGIMPshopbinlibglib-2.0-0.dll libgmodule-2.0-0.dll libgobject-2.0-0.dll to something else.

    3. Copy the newer versions of the above 3 filenames from "%commonprogramfiles%GTK2.0bin" to "C:Program FilesGIMPshopbin"

    Now run GIMPshop, create a new image, and hope you should be fine.

    If you uninstalled then dont forget to clean the following reg keys

    In Preferences dialogue and External editor (if it exist in GIMP)choose line :

    "Other command line" and insert direct path to the executable file (GIMP.EXE).

  2. jhpot
    February 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm


    I think your new version of Gimp isn't compatible with some old dependencies. Try uninstalling GTK+ for Windows as well as The Gimp, then re-install The Gimp. Sorry this is so complicated sometimes!

    • juliet
      February 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      one problem 2.6 was the one i was using before so i dont see how it wouldnt be compatible when i was already using it