There's so much going wrong with Photoshop, I don't even know where to begin.
It started off with scratch disk full errors (which is shocking because I use a 1TB solid state external drive for that), which would cause photoshop to crash. At one point it threw up a registry error. Did a Google search for the error and found this list of steps to take, which seemed like a good idea at the time: https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/fix-photoshop-keeps-crashing/
Unfortunately Restoro did something I can't even begin to understand and caused Windows to stop working correctly.
So I reset Windows 10 with a fresh install and now Adobe Creative Cloud/Photoshop is the only non-windows default software on my Surface Pro 7.
After the text-based project, I decided to start sketching in photoshop. I quickly discovered that pinch-to-zoom wasn't working at all. Another thread (that I no longer have the link for) advised that I go to Edit>Preferences>Tools and check the "Zoom with Scroll Wheel" option, which I did. This really didn't work. I have to perform the pinch-to-zoom numerous times before it catches up with the idea - if it catches on at all.
Speaking of gestures. Photoshop now seems to think that every single finger-touch on the screen is a mouse click, which it didn't do before. This is affecting every tool in the menu and fighting with my pen. I tried unchecking "Enable Gestures" in preferences, but this didn't do anything.
I don't know if this is a separate issue, but anything I do with vectors is behaving weirdly as well. I will draw a path with the pen tool or the line tool and then go to make anchor adjustments using the Direct Select Tool, only to have a pop-up say "This operation will turn a live shape into a regulat path. Continue?" - which is extra weird because I have "path" selected from the tools drop-down menu before I draw the line.
I'm hoping that there's some sort of weird overaching issue that can fix all of this, because it is a lot of little things otherwise.
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Device: Surface Pro 7, 118gb drive I use a seagate 1tb solid state external drive for photoshop scratch disks Windows 10 and Adobe Creative Cloud are fresh installs and up to date. Photoshop version 23.3.2
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1035G4 CPU @ 1.10GHz 1.50 GHz Installed RAM 8.00 GB (7.60 GB usable) Device ID 840F3A53-473D-4D86-A985-CEA63B587458 Product ID 00342-23747-04899-AAOEM System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor Pen and touch Pen and touch support with 10 touch points Edition Windows 10 Home Version 21H1 Installed on 5/10/2022 OS build 19043.1645 Serial number 032315794553 Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4170.0
Unfortunately, this is surely just a web page designed to "sell" Restoro. I see this over and over - pages claiming to be troubleshooting helpers, which contain some good, useful steps and end by suggesting you use a particular tool or download. These tools or downloads often contain malware. Often they are automatically generated for thousands of "troubles".
General advice: be VERY cautious when following troubleshooting steps you find with a web search, unless it's on the original company's own site.
The "scratch disk full" issue seems to always mean what it says - the disk is indeed filling up, and there are a number of different causes. But registry error? Make sure to capture nasty surprise error messages.