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I downloaded GRASS GIS from this website: GRASS GIS - Home, and I choose winGRASS 6.4.3 standalone installer to download.

After I installed, I click on its icon: enter image description here

I can't launch it even though I have used 2 ways:

  1. just left-click the mouse
  2. right-click the icon and choose start as an administrator

can't launch means after I click the icon, the cmd icon shows up in less than one second on the windows bar below(even no windows come up), and then nothing comes up.

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This really bothers me because I can't open GRASS!

I'm working under windows 8.1, is there someone using windows 8.1 facing the same problem like mine?

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    Without error message it remains a black box... Could you start it from "cmd" to see if any error message is hidden from the "normal" view?
    – markusN
    Feb 19 '14 at 8:55
  • When I tried to start Grass GIS GUI, there is a message launching that "python.exe has stopped working". I am using windows 8.1. What can I do? Thanks
    – user30845
    May 31 '14 at 9:18
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    If you have a new question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. Include a link to this question if it helps provide context.
    – Fezter
    May 31 '14 at 12:02
  • In general you need to install GRASS GIS as an administrator.
    – markusN
    May 31 '14 at 19:19
  • I had the same problem. I have installed GRASS GIS 7.0.0. It works. Nov 10 '14 at 18:33
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Just for the record: we have collected a series of related questions and answers at

http://grasswiki.osgeo.org/wiki/WinGRASS_errors

Hope the page addresses 99% of the issues you may encounter :-)

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