Photoshop: Menus, shortcuts, or tools stop working while pressing TAB or drawing with lasso tool (Windows 7)

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My Photoshop CC 2015 freezes while using lasso tool. I can make a selection but when pressing ALT to momentarily switch to freehand/polygonal lasso tool the Photoshop freezes. Sometimes it does connect the selection but 5-10s lag is absolutely unacceptable so lasso-switching essentially becomes unusable.

Also there's a weird problem when I have some extensions docked inside my PS palettes. When I press TAB everything's OK, the UI disappears as expected but when I press it again to show all the menus again, freezing occurs (nothing works and some PS palettes looks scrambled). The only way to solve this particular problem it is to:

- undock the extension (in my case Magic picker or Coolorus docked in PS UI creates the same problem)
- or to place some kind of a window on top of Photoshop (I usually move the windows explorer window but Chrome or Skype for example also work) and then for some reason the Photoshop gets back to "normal" (that is until I press the TAB/TAB again which I use very frequently for years now without an issue).
I have the exact same symptoms as described here (except the "white window"), only I'm on Windows and this is the problem/solution for MAC's, which is even more stranger.

My system: Windows 7 64-bit, Photoshop CC 2015, Wacom Cintiq 24 touch, GTX 770, 32GB RAM
I have all up to date drivers and the problems occur with or without the "Use graphic processor" option checked.

Also I would just like to report that PS CC 2015.5. is having so many bugs that it's practically unusable. CC 2014 was the last good version.
And that brush manager thingy inside of Photoshop is so long overdue!

Thanks for your help.
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UPDATE: Wacom drivers update helped a bit with the lasso bug (now I can switch the lasso tools but another bug popped out - the final double click almost always doesn't work so I have to close the selection with the Enter on the keyboard).

I just today encountered yet another bug after I installed wacom update so maybe it's related. The sliders in the UI stopped working (for example opacity and fill sliders in the layers palette or options in application bar).When clicked no slider appears at all. Reopening Photoshop helps but the bug appeared again (seems to be random, I'll investigate more and send more info).

Anyways, here's my system info:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 2015.1.2 20160113.r.355 2016/01/13:23:59:59 CL 1059143 x64
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
Version: 7 SP1
System architecture: Intel CPU Family:6, Model:12, Stepping:3 with MMX, SSE Integer, SSE FP, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, HyperThreading
Physical processor count: 4
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3497 MHz
Built-in memory: 32706 MB
Free memory: 15662 MB
Memory available to Photoshop: 29608 MB
Memory used by Photoshop: 93 %
Modifier Palette: Disabled.
Design Space: Disabled.
Artboards: Enabled.
3D Multitone Printing: Disabled.
Highbeam: Enabled.
Image tile size: 1024K
Image cache levels: 4
Font Preview: Medium
TextComposer: Latin
Display: 1
Display Bounds: top=0, left=0, bottom=1080, right=1920
Display: 2
Display Bounds: top=0, left=1920, bottom=1080, right=3840
Display: 3
Display Bounds: top=0, left=-1920, bottom=1080, right=0
OpenGL Drawing: Enabled.
OpenGL Allow Old GPUs: Not Detected.
OpenGL Drawing Mode: Normal
OpenGL Allow Normal Mode: True.
OpenGL Allow Advanced Mode: True.
glgpu[0].GLName="NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770"
glgpu[0].GLVendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
glgpu[0].GLRenderer="GeForce GTX 770/PCIe/SSE2"
clgpu[0].CLDeviceVersion="1.2 CUDA"
clgpu[0].CLName="GeForce GTX 770"
clgpu[0].CLVendor="NVIDIA Corporation"
License Type: Subscription
Serial number: 96040786413030182193
Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\
Temporary file path: I:\Temp\
Photoshop scratch has async I/O enabled
Scratch volume(s):
E:\, 2,00T, 78,2G free
I:\, 746,5G, 36,2G free
Required Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Required\Plug-Ins\
Primary Plug-ins folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\Plug-ins\

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PSArt.dll Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 16.1.2
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SCCore.dll ScCore 2015/04/17-16:55:22 80.1017022 80.1017022
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3D Studio 16.1.2 (2015.1.2 x001 x003)
Accented Edges 16.1.2
Adaptive Wide Angle 16.1.2
Angled Strokes 16.1.2
Average 16.1.2 (2015.1.2 x001 x003)
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Filter Gallery 16.1.2
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Lazy Nezumi Pro

Plug-ins that failed to load: NONE


Recent Files 1.2.1
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Installed TWAIN devices: NONE


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I see you're running an older version (CC 2015.5 is the most recent version).

You're also running Lazy Nezumi Pro. If you launch Photoshop with the Shift key down and disable that, does it work normally?

If that doesn't solve it, I would disable 3rd party panels one by one to see which one might be causing a conflict.
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Yep I'm running cc2015 since 2015.5 as I said is so buggy and slow that it is unusable on my machine . So if I don't fix this bugs I'm going back to cc2014 which was the last really stable version for me.

Lazy Nezumi was closed so it's not the problem, neither are any of the extensions because the bug appears without them being loaded.

To explain the bug in more detail:

- drop down sliders slike Opacity, FIll and even the brushes preset picker from the application bar, doesn't work
- The tool selection in the main toolbar doesn't work
- when some Photoshop tool window is opened (for example a Hue/saturation window after pressing CTRL+U or a Curves window) and I click on the UI the whole window disappears for a second. And when I hold the left click to let's say move the slider for Hue or to change a curve, the window disappears for as long as I hold the mouse clicked). It's imposibble to work that way.
- main menus work
- right click works

I just had another crash that occured while trying to do a right click (brush tool was selected).. here's the info that popped out:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Photoshop.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 56961fa0
Fault Module Name: Photoshop.exe
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 56961fa0
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 000000000610d134
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1050
Additional Information 1: ec98
Additional Information 2: ec984e0c33290b1cda1292bcc5b98bbc
Additional Information 3: 37d6
Additional Information 4: 37d6854e5786e5bbdb3ca040f7b36b44