I still use the old Adobe PhotoDeluxe 4.1 Home edition, running in Windows 10 Professional Compatability mode (Windows XP SP3) for many years and it runs great (and yes, I know it's old and been replaced by Elements, but I like it and it does what I need to do just fine). However, just recently PhotoDeluxe began hanging when starting up and I could not get past that, having to kill it in Task Manager. Finally, after a good deal of digging around in Task Manager, I discovered Adobe's CEF Helper is the problem, apparently part of Adobe Creative Cloud services.
In Task Manager, when checking "Analyze Wait Chain" under Details for PD4.exe, the app is hung, waiting for Adobe CEF Helper.exe to start, but it never does. When I check the box in that screen to kill Adobe CEF Helper.exe, I get a warning but after I do that anyway, PhotoDeluxe finishes launching and runs fine again, just like it always has before.
Obviously, this is a big PIA, a workaround, so first, why is Adobe CEF Helper even bothering an old, sunsetted app like PhotoDeluxe when it's trying to launch. How can I set this up, perhaps an exception, so Adobe CEF Helper ignores my old PhotoDeluxe app? Do I have to kill all instances of CEF Helper in Task Manager or kill off Adobe Creative Cloud every time I want to run my PhotoDeluxe app? There should be some way to create exceptions to keep CEF Helper away from older apps Adobe no longer supports. I'm sure I'm not the only one running into similar problems like this. We need a solution. Thanks.
Thanks for your reply. It appears I'm current on the Creative Cloud desktop app, or at least the app says it's up to date:
Creative Cloud 188.8.131.521 Apps 184.108.40.2066 CoreSync 220.127.116.11 CCX Process 18.104.22.168 CC Library 22.214.171.124
I am running Windows 10 Professional, 64 bit, but have not yet installed the feature update release version 2004. All other MS updates are installed, except for a newly arrived .NET cumulative update which I will install later today so we'll see what happens. Thanks again.