Just to put this issue to bed. I trashed the old forum. Installed new. New git clone... new database. Problem solved.
I'm setting up NodeBB, running Node V0.12.0, with Redis for Windows V 3.0.X.
After running npm install, and then node app --setup, I ran node app and I get the following
[meta/dependencies] Could not read: heapdump
Bump! I am having the same issue... Have you figured out a fix by any chance or some other way to get nodebb working on windows?
Just ran into this issue with a fresh nodebb install. I didn't have python setup correctly.
Made sure python 2.7 (not 3.x) is setup and the
python command works. Then
npm install again. Fixed it for me.