HUGE Lightroom/Photoshop slowdown

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This began with Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.1 update as near as I can see. Takes about 5 + minutes for a large catalogue to open fully, before, < 1 min. Photoshop takes a much longer time to start now. I use Lightroom mainly, but the slowdown is just unbelievable. Absolutely modern system with updated drivers, Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6gbs, 16 gbs memory, storage is all SSD, except a newer external drive. The large catalogue is external, but even the local and small catalogues on SSDs are taking much longer to load. Even the graphic elements within Lightroom itself take about a minute to load and that's even before the catalogue starts loading. As I'm writing this I'm still waiting for the catalogue to load fully.
Switching between folders results in the same - images are just taking forever to load and it trickles down to switching images and even going from Library to Develop modual.

Slow down all around. I'm going to revert it back to 7.2 to see if that does something as I can no longer work :(
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How many develop presets do you have? An easy way to count is to go to this folder in Windows File Explorer:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw

Right-click the Settings subfolder and select Properties.
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John, how do you know it’s Windows? Chris: that’s my way of saying you forgot to tell us one of the MOST important details in troubleshooting, Mac or Windows?
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On Mac, people generally don't talk that way about their systems. You can't "update drivers", since they're bundled with the particular version of Macos.
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But you weren’t talking about drivers, you were talking about develop presets, and that’s what I was responding to. Actually you can update some video card drivers, one of the very few instances. PS, 25 years Mac IT pro.
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Me: ...go to this folder in Windows FIle Explorer...

You: How do you know its Windows?

Me: On Mac, people generally don't talk that way about their systems. You can't "update drivers"...

You: But you weren’t talking about drivers, you were talking about develop presets, and that’s what I was responding to. 

Me: You asked how I knew he was on Windows, so I answered your question! 
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Thanks, I've actually reverted to 7.2 now, and while slow as that version was, it's monumentally faster than the most recent update. So, its def the update and highly likely more related to 'new features' than anything else. But off hand, I'd say I'd have about 15 presets, give or take. That really shouldn't be an issue though, as things were fine before and should be fine after. And if a 250 image catalogue on an SSD loads only marginally faster than a 29000 image catalogue on an external drive, then its really a flawed update. I will attempt the update again tomorrow, and if it again slows to a crawl, I'll just revert back and only update once a version beyond 7.3 is released. And if that doesn't fix it, I'll just start looking at alternatives as this type of issue has happened too many times over the years. I sometimes wish they'd stopped at version 2 or 3 :)
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People with hundreds or thousands of presets (yes, there are such people) have reported significant startup slowth, due to an inappropriate algorithm that may have been recently introduced.  But 15 presets are definitely not the cause of your issues.
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> Photoshop takes a much longer time to start now.

Since Photoshop also takes much longer to start, I'd be wondering about a system problem of some description.

It may be a coincidence, but that graphics card model pinged in my mind as being noted in a few performance complaints I've seen in the last few weeks.  At least one of those people completely uninstalled the driver and reinstalled it and got a magical improvement, so that could be worth a shot.
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Good call. After dropping down to version 7.2, and seeing noticeable improvement, I reinstalled the latest graphics drivers and squeezed out a bit more. I dunno, seems to me that they keep introducing more and more 'features' and are slowly turning LR into a mini Photoshop, and slowing it down as a result. I believe they've left the realm of raw editor simplicity and have gone too deep. Which is really their history. I've always had other niggles with LR losing Flags and sometimes entire edits specially at the higher version numbers, so I'm leaning to x-raw studio now (being with fuji) as my go to of choice, with maybe another third party editor to handle any minor editing that may be needed. The time spent trouble-shooting is just becoming too much.
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I am running LR CC Classic 7.3.1 on Windows 10.0.17134 Pro, 16Gb, I7-8550U, Nvidia GEForce MX150, SSD System disk with catalogue on SSD and images on Synology SAN. 50k+ image catalogue and it performs fine. LR loads completely in about 15 sec and performance is pretty good.

I also run LR 7.3.1 on a MacBook Pro and an iMac and it's fine on both of them as well with similarly large catalogues.

Are you running Windows Pro or Home - I wonder if that could make a difference?
Other thing I have noticed that on a previous machine, where I had installed Windows 10 as an upgrade to Windows 8 performance of LR was appalling. I cleared the machine and reinstalled Win 10 clean and the problem disappeared..