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photoshop starts as background process

New Here ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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Until yesterday, Photoshop has been working fine. Today, it appears not to start, but it is actually starting as a background process and I can't access any of it. I've read the forums and tried:

 

-updating graphics card drivers

-disabling graphics cards

-uninstalling and reinstalling photoshop

-uninstalling and reinstalling all Adobe apps (except creative cloud)

-did a "repair" installation of Adobe Creative Cloud

-moved the settings folder and let photoshop create a new one

 

None of these worked. I'm running Windows 10 on an Alienware laptop with a Nvidia graphics card. Like I said, everything worked fine until this morning. All drivers up to date. Windows up to date. Running Photoshop 22.2

 

If it makes a difference, Illustrator and Acrobat work fine. 

 

Please help! I couldn't get any work done today at all.

Thank you.

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Community Expert , Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

I know this isn't an ideal solution but since it's been working in the past, have you tried downgrading Photoshop to previous version?

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Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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It's a very common glitch with Photoshop on Windows that I've seen happening for many years.

What seems to have always worked for me is to:

  1. open Task Manager,
  2. End Photoshop process,
  3. keep Task Manager open and start Photoshop again

 

This has always worked for me.

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Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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That doesn't work for me. It just goes right to the background. I wish it had been that easy for me!

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I know this isn't an ideal solution but since it's been working in the past, have you tried downgrading Photoshop to previous version?

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Mar 06, 2021 Mar 06, 2021

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I hadn't tried that yet but just did. It works! Thank you! I'll wait for another update and try the new version again. But at least this way I can keep working!

 

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Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Glad you got it working! 😉

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Also try making another administrative account to see if Photoshop opens there.

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-a-local-user-or-administrator-account-in-windows-...

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Apr 14, 2023 Apr 14, 2023

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Here's the question that never gets asked: If it's a known bug and has been happening for many years, why doesn't Adobe just fix it?

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