[GRASS-user] WinGRASS6.4.2RC2 + WindowsXP: GRASS Doesn't starts

Hamish hamish_b at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 29 06:01:35 EST 2011

Lluís wrote:
> I have a student of an on-line course that wants to use
> WinGRASS6.4.2RC2 on Windows XP but she can't start the program.
> She has installed grass6.4.2rc2 under a Windows XP OS and the
> installation process seems to be ok («she gets the message
> Completed»). Now, she has two icons in her desktop (GRASS6.4.2RC2
> & GRASS6.4.2RC2 with MSYS) but when she does a double clic over
> any of them, nothing happens. There is no error message but
> nothing is displayed. GRASS doesn't starts...


this is a known problem, fortunately with a known solution:

She will need to download and install two missing files from
Microsoft: (in order)

    * Microsoft's Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable (v2) 

    * Microsoft's .net framework 3.5 downloader 

Many other software supply these, so usually it only happens
on a brand new (or kept very clean) computer.

If anyone has suggestions on how to make the grass installer
test for those, or how to make the error pop up a useful message
explaining what to do, please contribute :-)


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