[Gimp-user] Is uninstall needed before update

Do I need to uninstall my old version of GIMP before installing a new
version? I am going from 2.6 to 2.10 on a Windows 10 PC. I think in
this case maybe not because 2.6 is 32 bit and 2.10 is (as I recall) 64
bit....But in general - for this or any update- should the old version
be removed first? I looked all over the internet and user guides and
could not find this very basic piece of info. Thanks - Bob-o-matic.

Short answer is no need to uninstall first but....

Gimp 2.10 will uninstall Gimp 2.8 as part of the process. If you have installed
any 3rd-party plugins to the Gimp system folder, then not a bad idea to
uninstall Gimp 2.8 first.  Some of these 2.8 legacy plugins can cause problems.
Uninstall Gimp 2.8 If any files remain in C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\ delete them.

My advice is use the customise option, save a bit of space by un-selecting
languages.  Add a short-cut to the desktop, which is useful.

What it does not do is delete the old Gimp 2.8 profile

It will migrate settings and resources from there to the new Gimp 2.10 profile
which is;

C:\Users\"yourname"\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10 Note: a hidden folder in Windows

Again my advice, start with a clean install. 

Before anything  **rename** the old profile as a backup

Then, after running Gimp 2.10 for the first time, a new basic Gimp profile is
made. Move any resources, scripts, plug-ins, brushes, fonts over from the
backup, checking as you go that they work.

rich404 (via www.gimpusers.com/forums)

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