fontforge windows cygwin pango-critical

hi all
i have been trying to start fontforge in Windows xp sp3; i initially tried the cygwin-fontforge package; it needs cygwin to be installed first;

i tried cygwin-mingw (using xming.zip) shown in this page; i downloaded both 2011 and 2012 versions and also xming.zip. After extracting and running the same i find it is starting; but with a hitch (see the image!) the selection window is present without any information!

the command window (cmd.exe) is peppered with "Pango-CRITICAL **: pango-xft-render: assertion 'PANGO-XFT_IS-FONT (font) failed" messages.

any solution for a non-linux non pango/python guy like me?
regards
rnkantan

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