Lightroom Classic Import Hangs Up - Freezes on the Import Screen

Explorer ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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I installed the newest version of Lightroom Classic yesterday and now I can't import images. Before this everything was fine. I could import images with no issue. Now when I go to import the circle in the lower left hand corner spins 1ce and then the application freezes. I can't choose an external or internal device to import from, because the application just freezes. I can drag and drop using Windows Explorer and then synchronize the parent folder and it will import, but I can't use the import function.

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I have tried uninstalling, cleaning my registry, and reinstalling after a reboot. I've tried simply rebooting. I've tested the integrity of the catalog. I've created a new catalog. I've reset my preferences. I've killed all processes and restarted all Adobe. I've tried starting from the desktop shortcut, starting using the CC app, starting by clicking on the catalog, and starting as administrator. I've signed in and out of the CC app. Nothing has worked.

If I click on the program it grays out and says it's not responding and asks if I would like to wait or kill the program. I've left it waiting for an hour to no avail.

This wasn't an issue before, but I've now spent the better part of 2 hours on this issue. My specs are listed below. Nothing on my system has changed since the update. No additional drives have been used. The card I'm trying to import from is fine. I've tried other cards. Same issue.

Lightroom Classic version: 7.5 [ 1186149 ]

License: Creative Cloud

Language setting: en

Operating system: Windows 10 - Enterprise Edition

Version: 10.0.17134

Application architecture: x64

System architecture: x64

Logical processor count: 12

Processor speed: 3.3 GHz

Built-in memory: 24476.0 MB

Real memory available to Lightroom: 24476.0 MB

Real memory used by Lightroom: 5863.5 MB (23.9%)

Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 6836.8 MB

GDI objects count: 734

USER objects count: 2026

Process handles count: 2913

Memory cache size: 4710.0MB

Internal Camera Raw revision: 1001

Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 5

Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2

Camera Raw virtual memory: 1892MB / 12238MB (15%)

Camera Raw real memory: 1903MB / 24476MB (7%)

System DPI setting: 96 DPI

Desktop composition enabled: Yes

Displays: 1) 2560x1080, 2) 2560x1080

Input types: Multitouch: No, Integrated touch: No, Integrated pen: Yes, External touch: No, External pen: Yes, Keyboard: No

Graphics Processor Info:

DirectX: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (23.21.13.9135)

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Explorer ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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Update. Lightroom now also freezes on export. If I try to choose a folder, it simply freezes. I can't click on or move any of the windows. Lightroom also disappears as a process from the task manager, so I can't end process on the application to kill it. This is a big problem. Import and export are core functions of the program. Why are they not working with this update? Again, this was working yesterday before I updated to the new version of LR.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 15, 2018 Oct 15, 2018

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Hi DJLCreative,

Sorry that Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 is freezing while importing and exporting images.

As you've mentioned a lot of troubleshooting has already been done to no avail. One thing that comes to my mind is: Have you tried removing all the external devices (like external hard drive, Camera, SD card, Card reader, Phone or Tablet) and then tried importing images directly from the desktop or exporting directly to your local drive?

Also, uncheck the option "use graphics processor" under the Preferences > Performance menu in Lightroom and see if that helps. More troubleshooting info can be found here: Adobe Lightroom GPU Troubleshooting and FAQ

Another suggestion: take a look at this article Troubleshoot Adobe Lightroom problems, issues, or bugs

Let us know how it goes.

Thanks,

Akash

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Explorer ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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I've tried removing the devices, but not the "use graphics processor" option. The issue with removing all devices is that I'm a web developer and I have several virtual mapped devices - server folders mapped as drives and that type of thing. They show up first under the devices section of the import screen. It's not possible to unmap them without considerable issues, and it's never been an issue before.

I am trying to import as we speak and I'm still having the issue. I'm going to restart LR and uncheck the graphics processor option. I appreciate the input. Thank you! I'll let you know how it goes.

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Explorer ,
Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018

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So, I have tried the above recommended fixes and Lightroom Import still does not work. This is super frustrating.

I first unplugged all external devices, with the exception of my keyboard and mouse peripherals. I tried importing and it froze on the import screen. I then restarted and unchecked the graphics processor option, then restarted LR. It still froze on the import screen.

Because my LR catalog is on an external drive, this is a freshly created catalog on my C: drive in the Pictures folder, where LR creates the default catalog. This is a huge problem as I save all of my images to a 24TB NAS unit that connects externally and by network to my system. I have tried disconnecting that from the network and computer as well.

I am very frustrated. I shouldn't have to do this. It's ridiculous that this has taken up so many hours of my time, and yet Adobe will still charge me 80$ this month for software that doesn't work.

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2018 Nov 05, 2018

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I had the same problem last week. But I finally got a folder of images imported. I don't know how. This week I am developing these images and LR suddenly switches to import and hangs. I have to close and restart. I have researched everywhere I can think of on the web and nobody seems to have a satisfactory answer. I think that the answer is there is a bug in v. 8 and Adobe is not expending any effort to fix it. This is ridiculous for the price I am paying.  I have searched for an alternative program but I keep deciding that LR is the best out there. When is Adobe going to give us users the service we need?

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LEGEND ,
Nov 05, 2018 Nov 05, 2018

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So, many if the normal suspects:

Hardware issue, GPU failing, Hard drive failing, etc

OS issue (like all the MAC OS Mojave that is going on), yes, I know, Windows not MAC. OS updates current?

Driver issues, related to hardware issues, GPU driver up to date?

Registry issues, typically in something like this, left over detritus from previous installs/updates,

Third party, in this case plug-ins not behaving well

Now a bit of caution on my part. I take No responsibility to results of anything that follows. And if your Information Technology skill set is that if a normal person, perhaps going to a computer tech would be best.

Moving on.

(1) You mentioned uninstalling Lightroom, Most would just bring up the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop application, and remove it from their, in addition, did you use Windows application removal to remove any extra copies (versions).

Did you also go into Windows explorer (file mgt) and look for detrus in C:/Programs Files and for old 16 bit stuff C:/Program Files (86). Warning, have backups of presets, plug-ins, catalogs, etc.

You mentioned cleaning the registry, with a maintanc/repair app?? Or hardcore go in and edit?

(2) Does looking at your event viewer indicate anything?

(3) I notice in your task manager several items not running in background, anything going odd their?

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New Here ,
Nov 06, 2018 Nov 06, 2018

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Thanks for trying. I just don’t think it is any of the usual suspects. My computer is new; I keep my Windows up to date; I don’t mess with registry; I don’t have any plug-ins and I have not yet installed any presets I have. If you try to uninstall with Programs and Features it takes you to CC anyway. According to CC you can only have one version of LR on your computer at one time. I am going to call Adobe in a few minutes.

Best Regards,

Norton

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New Here ,
Jan 18, 2019 Jan 18, 2019

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I had a similar hang problem, and the only way I can get around it is to disconnect my external USB backup drives before selecting Import in LR.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2019 Jan 27, 2019

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Hey, I got this nuisance fixed.  I reset preferences by going to users/user/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Preferences/.  I then removed the file [Lightroom Classic CC 7 Preferences.agprefs] by dragging it to the recycle bin.  I shut down Lightroom and rebooted the computer and restarted Lightroom.  I clicked on import and got an immediate response with the import dialog boxes.  No freezes...

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New Here ,
May 11, 2020 May 11, 2020

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This actually worked!! Thank you so much!!! 

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2020 Sep 27, 2020

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I don't know how you found this, but I just had the same issue and this worked for me.  Thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2019 Jan 27, 2019

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A few things noticed when going thru all the above comments.

1. Are your preview folders in the same place as your catalog? I noticed a drive H with just the lrdata not the lrcat. See tip 4 and 6 https://digitalphotographycourses.co.za/getting-more-speed-in-lightroom-classic-cc/

2. Apparently running LR thru a NAS is very problematic. Now, I understand you want to place the catalog and perhaps the previews on the NAS as to have access from another computer. But what if they were on a drive in or connected to (ext hdid) the computer?

3. Where are you keeping your Cameta RAW CACHE? This would only come into issue in develop. If that is on the NAS, not so great. No reason to share that. See tip 3 10 Tips to Improve Lightroom's Speed and Performance Without Additional Hardware. (Tip 8 no longer applicable)

4. Where do you keep your images. They can be internal hdd, external hdd,  probably on the NAS, but if on the NAS, perhaps using smart previews would help. And if on an external hdd smart previews as well in case the ext hdd is not connected.

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searching via google, everything points to the catalog cannot be on a NAS, it has to be local, so, if I assumed you placed the catalog on a NAS, then that is wrong. If your previews are on the NAS, move them to local.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 27, 2019 Jan 27, 2019

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By the way, what was the previous LR version?

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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

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I had the same issue and was able to fix it by temporarily moving all the .XMP files out from the folder which was being imported. Afterwards I moved them back and ran the [Metadata->Read Metadata from Files] command manually. Deleting the .agprefs file did not work for me. Hope that helps.

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New Here ,
Nov 23, 2019 Nov 23, 2019

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Having exactly the same issue. Since the latest update, lightroom "not responding"is the normal issue. You subsequently cannot close it down. I have rebuilt catelogues and performed everything I believed may have improved the situation to no avail. Adobe, you are getting a real pain in the arse on updates!! I really need to look for an alternative piece of software which gives value for my monthly subscription. I have tried a new PC, loaded software from scratch and still get thye issue. So I sympathise with your problem

 

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New Here ,
Jan 06, 2020 Jan 06, 2020

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Here's my discovery.  During the stall Hit ctrl alt delete, and bring up task manager. Now close the task manager window by selecting the x in the top corner. Do not select end process.   All of a sudden the Lightroom import starts working ok until all previous imports in lightroom are deleted and reimport is attempted. Looks like there is a problem with Lightroom talking to the Windows 10 version I am using.   I am using the latest Win 10 1909 update. 

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New Here ,
Feb 16, 2020 Feb 16, 2020

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Lightroom Classic 9.2 would not import after I had changed the Raw Defaults setting in Preferences of Camera Raw, Master to "Camera Settings" and checked the box Use Default Specific to Camera Model. When I changed the Master setting back to "Adobe Default" and unchecked Use Default Specific to Camera Model, Lightroom Classic 9.2 resumed importing as normal.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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I came across this thread, trying to figure out why my desktop (Win10) would not import images after the LR Classic October 2020 upgrade. I tried everything. I tried it on my laptop, after upgrading to the October 2020 release, and it worked there! Then I started to notice that I was having trouble with the file tree browser function in Windows Explorer, and then system shutdown started taking over 10 minutes! I couldn't figure it out, but I suspected that maybe the LR issue was related to everything else. After trying many things mentioned in this thread to no avail, I disconnected my only peripheral drive, a Sony XQD/SD Card Reader. 

 

Just removing the card reader fixed every problem I described above. My suspicion is that I had an XQD card in the drive. The XQD card was disconnected, but maybe it was making intermittent contact to the reader, causing some interference. But, once I disconnected the drive, removed the card, rebooted, and went back into LR, everything worked fine.

 

BTW, I was also able to reconnect the card reader. So, I suspect that it was an intermittent contact issue.

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New Here ,
Jan 02, 2021 Jan 02, 2021

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This was my issue. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021

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This issue was solved for me once I unplugged my phone from my computer.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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This issue is easy to solve... just remove your iphone, external drive, external card, etc... is trying to read from there and hence why it hangs, freezes, etc.

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