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lightroom doesn't work. It starts only as a background process.

New Here ,
Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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Can anyone help me to get Lightroom Classic started/visible on my laptop (Windows).
It worked great fot several years...
Now I can't get the program started
although I see it is running in the background.....

I tried fixing visual++
but still: no go

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018
This is similar to a problem I had some time ago with Lr v5 (IIRC)Try the following procedure to see if it solves the problem. Do a computer reboot/re-start Open Lightroom Open the Task Manager. (CTRL+ALT+DELETE) or (Windows Key+X) Right-Click on the App- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom- Select the option "Go to details"- Right-Click on "Lightroom.exe" Click on [Set Priority] Set the Priority to "High" Close Task Manager. Close all programs and Re-Boot the computer As you open Lightroom- Reset the P...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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This is similar to a problem I had some time ago with Lr v5 (IIRC)

Try the following procedure to see if it solves the problem.

  1. Do a computer reboot/re-start
  2. Open Lightroom
  3. Open the Task Manager. (CTRL+ALT+DELETE) or (Windows Key+X)
  4. Right-Click on the App- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom-
  5. Select the option "Go to details"-
  6. Right-Click on "Lightroom.exe"
  7. Click on [Set Priority]
  8. Set the Priority to "High"
  9. Close Task Manager.
  10. Close all programs and Re-Boot the computer
  11. As you open Lightroom- Reset the Preferences by holding down [SHIFT+ALT].
  12. Check LR closes correctly.
Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Feb 04, 2018 Feb 04, 2018

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Tnx very much!
This worked perfectly and LR is now working like before.

During the proces the catalog was upgraded,
maybe that was part of the problem too?

Anyhow, I'm saved.
Tnx

Biep

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Community Beginner ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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I see this is an old thread but I'm having the same problem and the solution above doesn't seem to work. I follow the instructions but when Lightroom restarts it's still in background and is running with Normal priority. Perhaps something in Windows 10 changed, but I can't get Lightroom in foreground mode anymore.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Yes- seems Windows-10 has changed the procedure! But I am none the wiser about why!

Try these changes- let us know if it works.

 

Step#4a:  Expand the items under - Adobe Lightroom-Classic  (Why is shows (3) -I do not know)

 

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Step#4b:  [Right-Click] on your Catalog name.

Step#5 Continue as in above post.

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.4, Photoshop 22.5, Lightroom 4.4, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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I am having the same issue and none of the solutions are working for me!  Step #4A, I don't have the option to expand the folders.

I tried uninstalling the app, rebooting, and nothing.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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You would be wise, instead of saying you have the same issue in this thread, to start a new thread, describe the problem from scatch, and provide all relevent details.

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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In the end the problem wasn't with Lightrom starting in background - it was that Lightroom was trying to open a corrupted catalog and it sat there forever trying without giving any indication of what was happening. The catalog was on the Creative Cloud and was being referenced by all of my Lightroom instances on different computers which is why it was always failing.  Once I figured that out I got it to start on a new catalog and it opened right up. 

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