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I'm an occasional user and I'm stumped

I have been using 2.6.8 (I think) occasionally for a while to do fairly basic cleanups on photos. Today I have a precious family photo that I have cropped to a tidy image. I have just spent 2 hours trying to put some text below it: text tool, draw text box, type in text. Nothing at all appears in the text box. So I tried making a new layer for the text, and putting a text box below the photo in that. Same happened. I looked around the Web, where Youtube shows it workin. So as all the online help seems to be about versions 2.8... and show some things different in detail, I thought I'd better uninstall my 2.6... and get up to date, so I did that. Now on looking for a download, I find that your site is evasive about having options for current versions of Windows (I have been on W7 64 bit since Jan 2010, best OS I have ever used) and installation problems under W7 are a topic of discussion (which concerns me cnsiderably).
Would someone please tell me:
1. Where do I get a stable version of GIMP from for my operation system?
2. How does one put text below an image? Was I experiencing a W7 64 bit problem or what?

Thanks for any reply.

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Please note that as of now now I'm GIMPless!

A1. http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

A2. You need to increase the canvas size of your image. You can do this in a couple of different ways. You can manually increase it under the menu command "Image->Canvas size"; or you can create your text above your image, use the Move Tool to drag the layer beneath the image, and then run "Fit Canvas to Layers".

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