I am definitely no newbie and I think I now followed every little advice I could find online, and after 2 days doc-view is still not working :-( (it works fine on my older laptop under windows 10)

On my new laptop (windows 10) I installed emacs 25.2.1 (x86_64-w64-mingw32), I installed 64-bit-Ghostscript, I put the line

(setq doc-view-ghostscript-program "C:\gs\gs9.20\bin") 

in my .emacs, I checked the PATH, I copied the dlls zlib1.dll, libtiff-5.dll, libpng16-16.dll, gsdll64.dll in the emacs bin directory.

Yesterday, I installed cygwin64 and it worked partly, but doc-view was breaking from time to time when the document contains images, and I thought it could be a problem, when my ming32-based emacs uses some cygwin programming or dlls. But now, without cygwin, doc-view stopped to work.

I am not really familiar with emacs lisp, but evaluating

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yields t. Opening a pdf-File yield just the pdf source text. Forcing Emacs to enter doc-view-mode yields Unable to render file. View extraced text instead?

The ghostscript executables are in my PATH.

Any suggestions, how I can debug this problem?

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Sorry, the answer is simple: the string constant in

 (setq doc-view-ghostscript-program "C:\gs\gs9.20\bin") 

is wrong; the backslashes seem to be interpreted as special characters. And I forgot to specify the program. The correct statement is:

(setq doc-view-ghostscript-program "C:/gs/gs9.20/bin/gswin64c.exe")
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    If you have C:/gs/gs9.20/bin/ in your PATH, it will suffice to say (setq doc-view-ghostscript-program "gswin64c.exe"). If you want to use backslash as a directory separator, double it like \\. The function expand-file-name is also handy. You can try (setq doc-view-ghostscript-program (expand-file-name "C:\\gs\\gs9.20\\bin\\gswin64c.exe")) Aug 4, 2017 at 21:08

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