I've upgraded QGIS to version 2.12.x (I tried both 2.12.2 and 2.12.4 versions) on Windows 7 x86-64.

QGIS crashes with the message 'minidump written to C:..." each time I try to load a .qgs file which has been created with a previous version. However, there is no problem when I launch qgis-browser without opening the file.

The problem doesn't seem to come from the newer version, nor from the .qgis file because :

  • the .qgis file can be opened from an other computer running the version 2.12.2,

  • the .qgis file can be opened on the same computer but with an other Windows user account.

This led me to search the problem in my Windows user profile. I tried to backup then remove all folders related to qgis in my user profile (.qgis, .qgis2, .matplotlib, .designer), but this has not solved the problem :(

Is it possible that problem stems from my user registry ?

Assuming yes, what is the better way to solve it ? Should I backup my NTUSER.DAT hive and then clean my user registry ?

Assuming yes, are there other keys than "HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Software\QGIS" to delete ?

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Before cleaning the registry, you can try switching from QGIS standalone to OSGEO4W Network installer. Both install separately.

Or unistall QGIS before reinstalling.

  • Thanks for your help. The problem concern a corporate computer. I can suggest an updgrade or a downgrade of the software, but I can't replace it by an other software. I already tried to downgrade to the previously installed version (2.8.X) and to uninstall then reinstall the 2.12.x version. But neither downgrading nor reinstalling the software have solved the problem. Thibault
    – tvataire
    May 24, 2016 at 8:44

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