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whenever i go to print something i get this message: print.exe has stopped working.
then a popup says: Plug-in crashed: "print.exe"
(C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\print.exe)
The dying plug-in may have messed up GIMP's internal state. You may want to save your images and restart GIMP to be on the safe side.

can anyone tell me how i can fix this?


There is a solution. Delete print.exe and replace it with winprint.exe from 2.2.17. Gimp 2.2.17 can be downloaded here: Instructions and discussion here: “The print plug-ins are both found in \lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins. It is the same location for GIMP 2.2.17. If you don't already have GIMP 2.2.17, download it from Be sure to change install directory from the default location to GIMP-2.2 or it will overwrite your 2.4 files. Once downloaded, navigate to the directory mentioned above and copy and paste in the same location in the GIMP-2.0 directory tree.” I tried it and it works fine.

I was unsuccessful with the above mentioned fix authored by Dibbling. However, I have discovered the proven method listed below:
Fix for this is to download:
GTK+ Runtime Environment version 2.4.14

It appears that the print environment for GIMP runs off of GTK+Runtime drivers.

I hope this helps.

Gimp used to work, but I had some rolling blackouts in Dallas, Texas that required a change in printers. After that it didn't work, same exact error. I suspect HP's new drivers scragged it. I've bought a new old printer as the previous one, same make and model with no joy. Ditto on uninstalling Gimp and reinstalling it.

I have several XP machines in the house, I could try pulling the file "print.exe" off them, but I was curious where I could get the GTK files mentioned about if it doesn't work.

I really would like to have GIMP back. Thanks.
OK, it is obvious the Gimp version of print.exe that is the problem, so I guess I need to figure out when the downloads are.
Found the downloads for GTK 2.4.14, still no joy. Now to try dibblings method.
Joy, sort of. Installed GTK 2.4.14, then installed Gimp 2.2.17 , it was a very buggy install, and several errors occur starting the file. This version of Gimp is totally different than the 2.6.11 I was using (I don't like 2.2.17 a bit). It did print however. I'll keep plugging.
Better, I reinstalled 2.6.11 over 2.2.17, and it works. It is a little different than the previous install, but I guess I can't have everything.

I never use GIMP to print. Had problems/issues many years ago and just gave up. I use a surrogate (mainly Irfanview) to print my creates when that rare event is needed. I even tried gutenprint (when it became available for windows many years ago) but to no avail (never bothered to reinstall after I upgraded to Win7). Just wanted to pass that on to you all to ingest. :)

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