Mysteriously Lightroom is missing. I tried to open Lightroom after not using it for a while

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Mysteriously Lightroom is missing. I tried to open Lightroom after not using it for a while and received a notification that the short cut was not linked to a valid file (or something like that) after searching for the .exe file and finding none I thought I would go through the Creative Cloud panel and update or reinstall. After saying reinstall all the dialog box stated that Lightroom was already up to date. I again tried to search for the .exe file and can find nothing. Help please, I am on the verge of uninstalling and reinstalling but don’t want to lose my preferences or and data... not sure if that will happen or not. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Bill Dodd

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Posted 1 year ago

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C gjerde

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Could LR be installed on a drive that is disconnected?
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Bill Dodd

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I don't think so but i will check that out... thanks for the thought.

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Arnold Hoddevik

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Preferences and data are stored in the catalog file, and will not be lost or altered during deinstall. The catalog file is usually stored in the folder Lightroom under Pictures. The name is usually "Lightroom catalog.lrcat"

Make a copy of this file, just in case.
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Bill Dodd

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Thanks you so much for your help... that is what i thought but was a bit afraid to go there if there was another option or thought. Do you think reinstalling it would be the best option?
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Installing usually is done from the application Adobe Application Manager (AAM) on the desktop. Since it says that Lightroom is installed, there is something wrong in the log file. What you might try to do before reinstalling, is to log off and on via Settings in AAM. You get there via the cog wheel on the right end of the title bar in AAM.  You will probably also find this link helpful. It is about how to force restart of Adobe application Manager and komponents and about Adobe clean up tool. If non of those help, try reinstall or call support. They also fix problems through remote access. https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1147278 ed wheel