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I am trying to install Gimp 2.8.0 on Windows XP. I get an error message "This version of Gimp requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or a newer version of Windows." But when I check my Windows version with Help -> About Windows, it says I have Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2. Any ideas what's wrong?

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The error message is incorrect. Gimp 2.8.0 requires XP service pack 3 or later. This bug was fixed in later builds (by correctly saying that SP3 was required). You can see the link with the correct requirements on the GIMP download page.

GIMP for Windows (version 2.8.0) - 72.7 MB
GIMP requires Windows XP with Service Pack 3, or a newer version of Windows to run.

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