Constant Catalog crashes

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Since updating to the new version of Lightroom as part of my Creative Cloud subscription, the catalog crashes regularly. Probably about every second or third time I use it - which can be several times in a week. This is making Lr virtually unusable and I will have to look at discontinuing with Adobe products if you cannot get it back to working reliably (as it has for 2 years before the new version).
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Robert Green

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  • extremely fruistrated and annoyed at the loss of work and time

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Christian Fürst

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I have no real stability problems, but I find that LR has become very slow. I had to sychronize my big image folder and it took LR a full day to do that and several new system starts.
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Unfortunately your report is a little too vague to even know where to start Robert. Can you please go to Help menu > System Info and paste the contents in a reply so we can see the LR version and kind of machine you're using. And what are you doing when it crashes?
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In crashes like this often the OS is to blame and not Lightroom. Answer Victoria‘s questions for more help.
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Here's the stuff from the System menu -

Lightroom Classic version: 7.1 [ 1148620 ]
License: Creative Cloud
Language setting: en
Operating system: Windows 10 - Business Edition
Version: 10.0.16299
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 4
Processor speed: 2.4 GHz
Built-in memory: 8117.0 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 8117.0 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 497.0 MB (6.1%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 3079.6 MB
GDI objects count: 696
USER objects count: 2642
Process handles count: 1374
Memory cache size: 46.6MB
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 3
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX,AVX2
Camera Raw virtual memory: 1957MB / 4058MB (48%)
Camera Raw real memory: 1959MB / 8117MB (24%)
System DPI setting: 192 DPI (high DPI mode)
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 2736x1824
Input types: Multitouch: Yes, Integrated touch: Yes, Integrated pen: Yes, External touch: No, External pen: No, Keyboard: Yes
Graphics Processor Info:
DirectX: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 (

Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom Classic CC
Library Path: C:\Users\r-kgr\Pictures\Antarctica.lrcat
Settings Folder: C:\Users\r-kgr\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom
Installed Plugins:
1) AdobeStock
2) Aurora HDR 2018
3) Canon Tether Plugin
4) Facebook
5) Flickr
6) HDR Efex Pro 2
7) HDR projects 4 professional
8) LR/Enfuse
9) Nikon Tether Plugin
10) ON1 Photo RAW 2017
11) ON1 Resize 2017
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The latest crash seemed to be from a different fault. This one had an error message saying there was a problem reading from the preview cache. The problems started with the update you released at the start of November. I installed the  update and went to Antarctica where the program crashed every day. Lr had to repair the catalog after every crash. When I got back at the end of November, there was another update which seemed to fix this problem, and it worked perfectly for 2 weeks or so. Then, when I wrote to you, Lr just crashed - said it couldn't open the catalog and that it couldn't been repaired. Because (for some reason) you don't have the default set to write XMP changes to file, I lost work on 1000 images. (Why isn't this the default? Especially when working with DNG files). I've now set this to write my edits to the file and I exit and back-up Lr every 2 hours just to be sure. Even so, it now just crashed again after making a crop to an image. As I said, I've had years of perfect reliability with Lr until the latest changes. Nothing different about my system.