gpg.exe Vista crash

I recently moved to MS Vista and I’ve installed the gpg4win-1.1.3.exe package from

When trying to run GPA or WinPT though, or even gpg from a command line, I always get an error saying gpg.exe has crashed.

Does anyone know how to overcome this?


I’ve given up on this website, Brian, and I suggest you do the same.

It seems no one here gives a damn about helping out newbies.

Even the authors are oblivious.

The Advanced Manual was published in 2006, as was the Novice manual. In the latter, you are continually urged to read the Advanced Manual for more information. (

It’s a rollicking in-joke, I suspect. You see, the Advanced Manual is still in German—as far as I can tell.

I’m seriously thinking about buying the PGP version. The only thing holding me back is whether I really want to encrypt my emails.

Say hello to Max, for me.


You don’t need to purchase PGP. You can run it in an unlicensed free mode with certain automatic & other functions disabled. Manual signing, encryption, decryption, wipe, creating self-decrypting archives, etc…etc…etc… all work. When you install simply select the “Use without a license…” check box.

Here is a description of what works and what does not work with the unlicensed version…

The following limited functionality (equivalent to prior versions of PGP Freeware) will continue after the initial 30-day period:

At the end of the trial period, any local disks that have been encrypted using PGP Whole Disk Encryption will automatically decrypt.

PGP file encryption and signing, PGP Zip, “Current Window”, and “Clipboard” functionality will continue to allow encryption, and you will still be able to use the decryption capabilities for all PGP Desktop Trial product functions, thus ensuring that any encrypted data remains accessible.