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Sep 25, 2014

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I have just discovered that a program, Switchboard.exe, is being started automatically. Why should it be running when I a not using any Adobe software, or for that matter when I am. What does it do, what benefit does it produce? PS CS 6 is installed, and Premier Elements 10, on a Win 7 machine.

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David

It's a normal part of a Photoshop installation.

That being said, it can be disabled without apparent loss of functionality on a system where only local functionality is used.  I'm not big on cloud integration, and I've been disabling almost all of the Adobe extraware for years via a free Windows tool called Autoruns.  Note all the unchecked boxes...

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What is switchboard.exe

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I have just discovered that a program, Switchboard.exe, is being started automatically. Why should it be running when I a not using any Adobe software, or for that matter when I am. What does it do, what benefit does it produce? PS CS 6 is installed, and Premier Elements 10, on a Win 7 machine.

Thanks,

David

It's a normal part of a Photoshop installation.

That being said, it can be disabled without apparent loss of functionality on a system where only local functionality is used.  I'm not big on cloud integration, and I've been disabling almost all of the Adobe extraware for years via a free Windows tool called Autoruns.  Note all the unchecked boxes...

UncheckedPrograms.png

-Noel

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It's a normal part of a Photoshop installation.

That being said, it can be disabled without apparent loss of functionality on a system where only local functionality is used.  I'm not big on cloud integration, and I've been disabling almost all of the Adobe extraware for years via a free Windows tool called Autoruns.  Note all the unchecked boxes...

UncheckedPrograms.png

-Noel

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Adobe SwitchBoard - SwitchBoard.exe - Program Information

"Adobe SwitchBoard is a process that facilitates communication between Bridge CS5 and the MiniBridge panel in Photoshop CS5 or InDesign CS5."

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Sep 25, 2014

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Thanks for the responses, maybe I've been over sensitized to Adobe add-ons since that Adobe Manager was thrust on users without so much as an explanation. I never use any sort of cloud, maybe having been a commercial pilot for 35 years has sensitized me to clouds too!

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John Waller wrote:

"Adobe SwitchBoard is a process that facilitates communication between Bridge CS5 and the MiniBridge panel in Photoshop CS5 or InDesign CS5."

That explains why I haven't needed it - I don't use Bridge.

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Whey then does Adobe Switchboard keep an instance of Internet Explorer CONSTANTLY running in the background Windows processes even when there are no visible instances of IE running or open?  It looks more like spyware of some sort to me from Adobe given this clearly strange use of IE by Adobe Switchboard....

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