Pidgin running without window in WinXP

David.R.Gilson david at
Fri Nov 23 12:40:17 EST 2007

I've been trying to get Pidgin 2.2.2 to run in Windows XP Home SP2
without success.

If I execute the Pidgin .exe file, it loads and is visible in Task
Manager. Although there is no taskbar entry or system tray. Furthermore,
the process cannot be killed, which prevents any other instances from
running. I tried to kill the process with the Windows app Process
Explorer, although this couldn't kill it either and when I tried to
bring Pidgin to the front, Process Explorer reported that the
application had no window.

I have tried running the debug version of Pidgin although no RTP file
was created (since I guess as far as Pidgin was concerned nothing was
wrong, which suggests a GTK problem).

I also have the Windows version of GIMP installed, incase this caused a
conflict I also installed the latest version of GIMP (2.4) so that I
would get the most upto date GTK runtime, although that hasn't changed
my Pidgin problem.

I would really like to use Pidgin, but I cannot out figure out this

Please help.
David Gilson
david at

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