Help.exe - Download and Fix Runtime Errors

Last Updated: 07/02/2021
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EXE files such as help.exe are categorized as Win64 EXE (Executable application) files. As a GNU Image Manipulation Program Plug-In file, it was created for use in GNU Image Manipulation Program by The GIMP Development Team.

The release of help.exe introduced for Windows was on 11/08/2006 in Windows Vista. The most recent release for GIMP 2.10.12 launched on 06/12/2019 [version release]. Help.exe is included in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8 versions.

Below, you find comprehensive file information, instructions for simple EXE file troubleshooting, and list of free help.exe downloads for each available file version.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: help.exe
File Extension: EXE file extension
Description: GNU Image Manipulation Program Plug-In
Object File Type: Executable application
File Operating System: Win32
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
User Popularity Rating:
Developer and Software Information
Software Developer: Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team
Software Program: GNU Image Manipulation Program
Legal Copyright: Copyright © 1995-2019
File Details
Character Set: Unicode
Language Code: English (U.S.)
File Flags: (none)
File Flags Mask: 0x003f
Entry Point: 0x14c0
Code Size: 15360

What are help.exe Error Messages?

help.exe Runtime Errors

Runtime errors are GIMP errors that occur during "runtime". Runtime is pretty self-explanatory; it means that these EXE errors are triggered when help.exe is attempted to be loaded either when GIMP is starting up, or in some cases already running. Runtime errors are the most common form of EXE error you will encounter using GIMP.

In most cases, help.exe runtime errors occurring while the program is running will result in the program terminating abnormally. Most of these help.exe error messages mean that GIMP was either unable to locate this file on startup, or the file is corrupt, resulting in a prematurely-aborted startup process. Generally, GIMP will be unable to start without resolving these errors.

Some of the most common help.exe errors include:

  • help.exe - Bad Image.
  • help.exe Application Error.
  • help.exe could not be found.
  • help.exe could not be installed.
  • help.exe could not be launched. Class not registered.
  • help.exe could not be started.
  • help.exe failed to initialize properly.
  • help.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • help.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
  • help.exe is not running.
  • Cannot find help.exe.
  • Error starting program: help.exe.
  • Faulting Application Path: help.exe.
  • The file help.exe is missing or corrupt.
  • Windows failed to start - help.exe.
System Error

The program can’t start because help.exe is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

Finding the source of the help.exe error is key to properly resolving these errors. Although most of these EXE errors affecting help.exe will happen during startup, occasionally you will encounter a runtime error while using GNU Image Manipulation Program. This can occur due to poor programming on behalf of Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team, conflicts with other software or 3rd-party plug-ins, or caused by damaged and outdated hardware. Also, these types of help.exe errors can occur if it has been accidentally moved, deleted, or corrupted by a malware infection. Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix help.exe Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your help.exe issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the help.exe error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed GIMP (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling GIMP software.

You can uninstall GIMP software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for GIMP 2.10.12 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall GIMP software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

GIMP 2.10.12

The GIMP Development Team

Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many help.exe error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the help.exe error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your help.exe File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate help.exe file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free help.exe files for every applicable version of GIMP. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download help.exe Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate GIMP folder location:
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\AOMEI Partition Assistant\
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files (x86)\AOMEI Partition Assistant\ddm\
    Windows 10: C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\help\
    Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
    Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
    Show 7 more directories +
    Windows 8: C:\Windows\System32\
    Windows 7: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
    Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\
    Windows Vista: C:\Windows\System32\
    Windows Vista: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\
    Windows XP: C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\
    Windows XP: C:\Windows\System32\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows 10.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve help.exe problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download help.exe Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying help.exe to your appropriate Windows system directory. The GIMP Development Team typically does not release GIMP EXE files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing help.exe and all other EXE files for GIMP. An incorrectly installed EXE file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

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guillotine.exe GNU Image Manipulation Program Plug-In GNU Image Manipulation Program (2.10.12) 49800 C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins\g...

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diagerr.xml Extensible Markup Language GIMP 2.10.12 5718 C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Panther\
EtwRTEventLog-Applicat... Microsoft Event Trace Log GIMP 2.10.12 3184 C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\WMI\RtBackup\


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