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XP - Gimp - repair problem

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Explaining this will not be easy since I'm a user, not a techie.
The Gimp went gunnysac. Why? No idea.
Uninstalled/reinstalled The Gimp.
When starting The Gimp, I got the following error:
The procedure entry point g_dir_open_utf8 could not be located in the dynamic link library libglib-2.0-0.dll.
After working with people at 'gimptalk.com' and after trying to install several versions of The Gimp and GTK+, we get the same error message over and over. We came to the conclusion that the problem possibly lies outside Gimp.
I did a restore to a restore point a few weeks old wondering if a file needed by The Gimp might have been deleted. No luck.
I tried to do a system repair and was asked for the administrator password.
There is no administrator password that I know of and 'blank' does not work.

Is there a workaround for the administrator password? Probably not but thought I'd ask anyway.
If I'm forced to do a reinstall will EVERYTHING be erased?
Is it possible to do a reinstall without reformatting?

Any help or suggestions appreciated.
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