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Illustrator "hangs" after it starts up

New Here ,
Nov 19, 2016 Nov 19, 2016

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Hey,

My Illustrator (2017) simply hangs up after it starts up and goes past the splash screen. Illustrator freezes and it fails to respond at all. Would like some help. I am using a Windows 10, Asus laptop. Let me know if there's any more information I can provide.

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Contributor , Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

you could try to manually disable 'The Start Workspace When Documents Are Open' option. Close your Illustrator. Then edit the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 21 Settings\[language, e.g. en_US]\[os version, e.g. x64]\Adobe Illustrator Pref. Find the following block and change it to:

/Hello {

/RecentFileWS 0

/ShowHomeScreenWS 0

/NewDoc 0

}

Save the file and Start Illustrator. Does it work now?

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Contributor , Dec 08, 2016 Dec 08, 2016

JakeRawlins​, not sure whether or not this will completely resolve the issue but I've turn the fast start-up off (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\System Settings). So far so good - no more freezes

explorer_2016-12-08_09-11-21.png

Fast Startup combines elements of a cold shutdown and the hibernate feature. When you shut down your computer with Fast Startup enabled, Windows closes all applications and logs off all users, just as in a normal cold shutdown. At this point, Windows is in a state very similar to wh

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Advocate ,
Nov 19, 2016 Nov 19, 2016

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I hate to keep providing the same answer but often the first line of defense against software problems is to rebuild preferences.

Restart Illustrator and then IMMEDIATELY Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS). You have to be lightning fast at this so hover your fingers over the keys as you restart Illustrator and MASH the nano-second after you launch Illustrator. If you do not get a dialogue box asking if you want to trash preferences, you were too slow and will need to close illustrator and try again…and probably try again. Let us know if the problem persists after that.

Michael Riordan

Owner/Adobe Certified Instructor

Digital DesignLab

Oak Park, IL

http://www.learnadobesoftware.com

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Nov 23, 2016 Nov 23, 2016

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Tried it several times and it didn't work. Maybe my reflexes are slow. I tried uninstalling and installing Illustrator and it would work for a few days and then it hangs again.

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Nov 23, 2016 Nov 23, 2016

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Well, you could try manually pulling the preferences file. Here’s a reference page for whichever OS and Illustrator version you’re working on: Where to find Illustrator preference files

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Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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Hi,

I was looking into this a couple weeks ago. However the reference page doesn't share how you can find AIPrefs in Windows 10 and searching for the file on Windows 10 doesn't return any results either.

So I'm not sure how to go about this in on Windows 10.

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Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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you could try to manually disable 'The Start Workspace When Documents Are Open' option. Close your Illustrator. Then edit the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator 21 Settings\[language, e.g. en_US]\[os version, e.g. x64]\Adobe Illustrator Pref. Find the following block and change it to:

/Hello {

/RecentFileWS 0

/ShowHomeScreenWS 0

/NewDoc 0

}

Save the file and Start Illustrator. Does it work now?

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New Here ,
Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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There seems to be some progress but it still hangs up. Until I tried your method, Illustrator just opens without any toolbars or menus loading. After I tried your method, illustrator opens but this time with the menus and toolbars also showing. However it's unresponsive beyond that. The window just remains as it without anything being usable.

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restart your system. and try one more time

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Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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Works like a charm after the restart. Thanks very much. Do you reckon this issue will recur?

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Nov 28, 2016 Nov 28, 2016

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probably yes. i think this is a software bug (Illustrator CC 2017). I did experience something similar. twice.

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Dec 08, 2016 Dec 08, 2016

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JakeRawlins​, not sure whether or not this will completely resolve the issue but I've turn the fast start-up off (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\System Settings). So far so good - no more freezes

explorer_2016-12-08_09-11-21.png

Fast Startup combines elements of a cold shutdown and the hibernate feature. When you shut down your computer with Fast Startup enabled, Windows closes all applications and logs off all users, just as in a normal cold shutdown. At this point, Windows is in a state very similar to when it’s freshly booted up: No users have logged in and started programs, but the Windows kernel is loaded and the system session is running. Windows then alerts device drivers that support it to prepare for hibernation, saves the current system state to the hibernation file, and turns off the computer.

When you start the computer again, Windows does not have to reload the kernel, drivers, and system state individually. Instead, it just refreshes your RAM with the loaded image from the hibernation file and delivers you to the login screen. (Ref. The Pros and Cons of Windows 10’s “Fast Startup” Mode )

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Oct 03, 2022 Oct 03, 2022

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This solved the problem for me, now isn't freezing anymore on startup.

Thanks for the solution! Cheers

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Jan 11, 2017 Jan 11, 2017

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the latest CC 2017.0.1 update didn't resolve the issue . just applied the latest CC 2017 update and... boom! - my illustrator freezes again

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Jan 11, 2017 Jan 11, 2017

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I don't think I'm going to be updating. Your directions for the fixes worked and I've also disabled fast startup as you've adviced. No issues so far.

Is there any way to revert back to the previous version should we find the current version of the program buggy?

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