Elements 10 is terribly slow

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Photoshop Elements 10 is terribly slow in most operations. Constantly getting "Application not responding" messages from Windows. Operations that are the most painfull in PSE 10 include at least: starting a backup, renaming folders (have to do it now a lot since the created subfolders have names in format "yyyy dd mm", which does not make any sence) and in general when pushing almost any button in the program.

I am running Windows 7 64bit on a laptop with 6GB ram and 4 core processor. PS10 installed on C drive. Picture catalog is on the same local drive, which as over 40GB empty space. I have roughly 30000 pictures in the 100GB catalog.
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Lauri Siljamäki

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  • frustrated and tired with using PSE 10.

Posted 7 years ago

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andaleeb, Employee

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Please try Catalog Optimize and Repair. Click File >> Catalogs.. and select your current catalog and hit Optimize and Repair buttons one by one.

Also, turn off background processes like visual indexing, people recognition and auto-analysis.

To do so, click Ctrl + K and choose Media Analysis and turn off all checkboxes,

These two might speedup overall Organizer performance for you.

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Tony More

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I've got a variation of this problem. If I started a new topic, I'd name it "PSE 10 is really slow at start-up." But once it gets started, PSE 10 works like a champ. In my case, the solution may have something to do with using the Windows compatibility mode feature. Details follow.

I tried the catalog repair suggestion, but I don't even have any catalogs. To be sure, I double-checked, but don't have any.

My best guess: It's got something to do with PSE 10 needing to use the Windows compatibility mode for Vista Service Pack 2.

On my new Win 7 64-bit system, some of my 32-bit programs were really slow to start and run. In nearly every case, all I needed to do was find the program's .EXE file and adjust the settings on the Compatibility tab as described above. However, even though I made the same adjustment for PSE's .EXE file, the slowness persisted. I'm suspecting it's one of the other programs in the suite, such as for Organizer. On my system, I'm referring to this file:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 10 Organizer\PhotoshopElementsOrganizer.exe".

Since completing all the compatibility adjustments, the problem seems resolved. Time will tell, though.
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David Shephard

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Hey, thanks for the insight. i had the "slow PSE 10". so i went to the software exe location on the C drive, right clicked and selected the "troubleshoot compatibility" title. Follow the instructions to start program and see if it works better while the compatibility editor is open. if it does, click "next" to adjust the compatibility for that exe/software. PSE is working now. thanks.
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David Shephard

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Sorry, forgot to mention, win 7, 64 bit is the host computer