I am a long time user of GIMP. It works beautifully on Windows XP and Windows 2000.
The time has come to move on... to Windows 7. So I installed GIMP 2.6.11 on Windows 7 64-bit (straightforwardly taking all defaults), then tried to open a .png file.
But unlike in GIMP on Windows XP, instead of the image, I was greeted by the following message:
Opening C:\Users\rAndy\Pictures\sampleimage.png failed: Unknown file type
Now... I know that GIMP is perfectly capable of handling PNG files, so either
GIMP for Windows is not compatible (yet) with Windows 7 64-bit or I failed to do something additional that is required with this version.
Have you been able to successfully use GIMP 2.6.11 on
Windows 7 64-bit?
If so, what is the trick to make it work?
Update 1: I followed the 1st advice from @Ganesh R. below (running installer in XP SP2 compatibility mode) but it didn't help. This time, however, I noticed that a component named
GIMP Python extension cannot be selected (see snapshot below). Could that be related?
Update 2: I just tried installing the older
GIMP 2.4.7 using the same
XP SP2 compatibility mode suggested by @Ganesh R. and it works!
Which suggests that the
GIMP Python extension component has nothing to do with this.
Version 2.4.7 is good enough as an interim solution. It would be nice if version 2.6.x becomes available for Widows 7.