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Octave 5.1 and 5.2 crashing on Windows 10

From: John Frain
Subject: Octave 5.1 and 5.2 crashing on Windows 10
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:19:27 +0000

Has any other user detected the following problem or perhaps know of a solution?   

I am running Windows 10 1909 64-bit.

I have been using Octave in Windows (and Linux) for many years with great success.  When I tried to start octave 5.1 using the a white screen appeared with the octave icon and the word octave on the top left-hand corner of the screen and it crashed immediately. the cli version continued to work.  

I decided to update to 5.2 and downloaded octave-5.2.0_1-w64-installer.exe and installed. When the install was finished the readme was displayed but the gui version of octave did not start or had crashed before I closed the readme file. The cli version of octave worked as expected

I have since installed today's windows update - previous updates had been installed.  I have uninstalled both versions of octave and reinstalled 5.2.  (5.2 several times).

There are a lot of applications on this PC e.g. R, Rstudio, Maxima, Libre Office, Gretl, Texstudio, Tex-Live, Anaconda,  etc. etc.  All of these work perfectly.  Any of the versions of the octave program when run in a console window with or without gui or force-gui options default to the cli version.  Emacs octave mode works fine.

The windows event viewer gives the following error message.  It is strange that octave alone picks out the problem with the dntdll.dll file.

Faulting application name: octave-gui.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x00000000
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 10.0.18362.657, time stamp: 0x64d10ee0
Exception code: 0xc0000374
Fault offset: 0x00000000000f92a9
Faulting process id: 0x22ac
Faulting application start time: 0x01d5ed84236f5f57
Faulting application path: C:\Octave\OCTAVE~2.0\mingw64\bin\octave-gui.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Report Id: 4f945789-a789-4d34-8dc9-45ec135e357e
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID: 

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