Photoshop: Cannot save custom gradients (windows)

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I can no longer save custom gradients in Photoshop.  I am on Windows 10 and this worked fine up until today.  I updated my Graphics driver yesterday so I'm not sure if this is the problem.
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Julie Stiltner

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Andrew Sender, Employee

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Hi Julie,
We're sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience.  Have you temporarily tried disabling Preferences -> Performance -> Use Graphics Processor to see if this fixes your issue?

Sincerely,
Andrew
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Julie Stiltner

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Sorry, but it doesn't and I even rebooted and still won't save them. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Do you get an error? What if you create a new Admin user account and run Photoshop from the new account, are you still having trouble with saving? Troubleshoot user permissions
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Julie Stiltner

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I don’t get an error, it just doesn’t save them. As far as a new account I have not tried that.
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Julie Stiltner

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No, I was not at my pc last night. 

However this morning I did a defrag, and closed out PS and turned off my pc. Now it is working.

I'm pretty sure this is probably a problem with my PC.  I'm not sure if it has enough memory because I cannot have the internet and PS open without them fighting for resources.  I keep getting an exception error in Google and it freezes.  Also noticed if I do not shut PS down at night I seem to have more problems.  It says PS is working at 100% and I've allocated 70% memory to it. 
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Yeah. It seems like you either have a hardware or system issues for all these issues to be happening.
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Julie Stiltner

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Yes, I'm pretty sure it is probably on my end.  I updated my driver the other day like you told me to and yesterday I got this error.  However I didn't even open bridge so not sure why it was open. 
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Howdy Julie,

In the upper right-hand corner of Edit > Preferences > Performance is Use Graphics Processor checked?  If it is, try unchecking it and relaunching.  Did that solve things?  If not, then try getting a new driver (or reverting to your old one).

Hope that helps,
David
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Julie Stiltner

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Thanks David, it’s working now.
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I think you need to re-install Photoshop, but first I would try to do a clean reset of the settings. 
Press and hold Alt+Control+Shift (Windows) or Option+Command+Shift (Mac OS) as you start Photoshop

As for creating custom gradients, loading and saving them, check out this detailed tutorial:

How To Make A Custom Gradient In Photoshop