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Photoshop won't start but shows in task manager

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Oct 26, 2022 Oct 26, 2022

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Whenever I click open on creative cloud (or try to start photoshop from anywhere), nothing happens. When I check the task manager it says that Photoshop 2023 is open but I can't use it. I've tried deleting preferences, downgrading versions, ending the process on task manager, and fully reinstalling it twice. I don't really understand why it won't work, it was working fine 2 days ago. 

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Oct 28, 2022 Oct 28, 2022

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If you have any plugins, you could try deleting those.

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Oct 28, 2022 Oct 28, 2022

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If removing plugins doesn't work, then you could try using the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool:

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Oct 28, 2022 Oct 28, 2022

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Hi maybe your system is not supporting the latest version after the update simple solution is to roll back if it other solution not works...regards

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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Oct 28, 2022 Oct 28, 2022

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I've reported the same issue.  After launching and then quitting PS, it leaves behind a process that you can see in task mgr.
As long as that process is present, PS will not <re>launch, since it doesn't allow duplicate instances.

This has been an irritating, long-standing problem for quite a few months.  I first noticed it in PS 22, did a clean uninstall, and then a reinstall, problem existed.  No plug-ins were in use at that time.

It also happened when I paved my production box, did a clean (obviously) install of PS, and the problem repr'd as well.

This is now present in PS 24.

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Oct 29, 2022 Oct 29, 2022

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I saw something like that happen with some Adobe applications in the past.

Try:

  1. Keep Task Manager open,
  2. End Task for Photoshop (keep Task Manager open)
  3. Start Photoshop again with Task Manager open and hopefully it'll start this time

I hope this will woek for you

 

Marek Mularczyk
Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor

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