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Illustrator 2019 crashing on Windows 10

Community Beginner ,
Oct 04, 2019

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I just updated to the most recent version of Windows yesterday (10-3-19) and I'm not 100% sure if that's what's causing the issue with Illustrator, but everytime I try to open Illustrator it crashes on startup. The reason I'm not sure the Windows update is the issue is because I hadn't used Illustrator for at least a week or so prior to yesterday. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the latest version of AI and tried installing the 2018 version too, but nothing seems to be fixing the issue.

 

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Hi all,

 

We understand how frustrating crashes could be. We have consolidated possible solutions that could help in fixing these issues and how you can recover unsaved documents after a crash. Please check this help article for more details.

 

If you still need help, feel free to reach out, we'd be happy to help.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Illustrator 2019 crashing on Windows 10

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I just updated to the most recent version of Windows yesterday (10-3-19) and I'm not 100% sure if that's what's causing the issue with Illustrator, but everytime I try to open Illustrator it crashes on startup. The reason I'm not sure the Windows update is the issue is because I hadn't used Illustrator for at least a week or so prior to yesterday. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the latest version of AI and tried installing the 2018 version too, but nothing seems to be fixing the issue.

 

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Hi all,

 

We understand how frustrating crashes could be. We have consolidated possible solutions that could help in fixing these issues and how you can recover unsaved documents after a crash. Please check this help article for more details.

 

If you still need help, feel free to reach out, we'd be happy to help.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Community Beginner ,
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I actually just found a solution FINALLY, I found someone's suggestion in a Quora forum that fixed the issue. Below is his suggestion: 

 

"I know this sounds weird, but the problem might be in your default printer settings on your computer.

 

To try fixing thing, go to your windows settings (not illustrator, but windows). Search for default printer, then select your windows to PDF printer as your default. And that's all!

 

It strange how it works, but it does and it did for me and lots of others online! So try it before doing other drastic stuff"

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I am having crashing issues with the latest version as well.  I bought a new laptop this week and used it for the first time last night.  The only thing other than Dropbox that I have installed is Adobe Illustrator.  Every time I try to import a file or make changes to anything in Adobe Illustrator, it crashes.  I've uninstalled and reinstalled twice and have shut down and restarted.  Nothing is fixing the problem.

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Did you try the printer settings fix, or switching the version of Illustrator?

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Hi Melissa,

 

Sorry to hear about the trouble you are facing with Illustrator. Let's make this right. I would request if you can share a few more details like:

 

We are here to help, just need more information.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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Hello,

I'm running on win 10 version 1809.

Crashes after the KB4524148 update today (october 4th 2019) too.

Just uninstalled this update and it works again like a charm without touching the default printer.

Hope that this is of any help.

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Hi Phil,

 

We’re so sorry to hear about this. This has been reported by a few other users as well. I would request if you can take a minute and share this issue on our UserVoice page: https://illustrator.uservoice.com/.

 

Also, please share crash logs generated from Application and Event Viewer as suggested above. All this information will help us investigating this issue and resolve it as soon as possible.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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I had a similar issue. I'm running Win 10 v1803, but on October 4th I got update KB4524149 and my Illustrator wouldn't open files. Once I uninstalled the update, Illustrator works normally again.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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The usual suspects for crashes on startup are corrupt preferences, printer drivers, fonts, 3rd party plug-ins, graphic drivers.  It's a little more rare, but sometimes another application entierly (sometimes running in the background) can be the cause of the crash.

 

Have you tried deleting or moving the preferences file?

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I did remove the preferences when I uninstalled Illustrator and that didn't fix the issue, but I got it resolved another way

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I just got new laptop this month and Illustrator lasted about twenty-thirty minutes before crashing on me while in middle of working on my project. I even took it to IT Department which they informed there is nothing wrong with my computer but rather adobe could be behind on Microsoft updates and they check the viewing logs and there is a error with adobe but they couldn't track it down.

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I am not updating Illustrator at this point until Adobe fixes the issue; I shouldn't have to reconfigure my system to take care of an issue with the software. Version 23.1 crashes within seconds of launching (two different installations on 2 different computers had the same behavior). I uninstalled, rebooted, and installed the older version 23.0.6, which is what I will stick to until I hear that the issue has been resolved and it's safe to upgrade. Sorry I didn't keep crash reports; I understand that is helpful in tracking down the problem. Any updates from Adobe? I am on PC platform, Windows 10; none of my other Adobe programs are experiencing issues (Photoshop, InDesign, XD, Acrobat, Bridge, DreamWeaver, Camera Raw.

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So I'm new to Adobe and was very excited to try the products. Installed Illustrator and downloaded a cool template from Stock. Had an immediate crash. So since my new HP Spectre is only a week old, I updated all the drivers. Crash and burn again. Ok I hit Google hard... there seems to be lots of crashing with this. Day 3 into my 7-day free trial and I'm thinking this is not worth a subscription. I develop code everyday and I know this company is just continuing to build over an old outdated code base. These issues aren't going away but I am.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I'm not sure Illustrator CC2019 is the issue here.  I use it daily along with Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro and InDesign.

 

 

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"So I'm new to Adobe and was very excited to try the products. Installed Illustrator and downloaded a cool template from Stock. Had an immediate crash."

And you are using Illustrator CC2019? Why not 2020?

Does the crash also happen when you create a new file?

 

"I know this company is just continuing to build over an old outdated code base."

So you had a look at the code? Interesting - how did you do that?

 

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We were having issues with the final version of Adobe Illustratror CC 2019. It was crashing. We uninstalled and installed the previous version (also CC 2019, but an earlier release). We used that until CC 2020 came out and now have upgraded to CC 2020 and it has not been crashing, so likely there was an issue with the final release of CC 2019. I suggest you upgrade and test CC 2020 version.

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I've been very frustrated trying to get this to work. I uninstalled Illustrator and reinstalled and made sure it's  2020. Still unusable at this point. In fact, it's worse because it crashes and freezes now. I really really would love to get it working but no go so far. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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"I've been very frustrated trying to get this to work."

 

So the crash is happening no matter what you do? Or is it still related to that stock image?

When uninstalling did you delete the preferences and run the Adobe Cleaner tool?

Please tell us when exactly Illustrator crashes: when launching? When handling files?

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