Photoshop 6: Unable to continue because of a hardware or system error. Sorry, but this error is unrecoverable

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After upgrading to windows 10 2004, photoshop don't open and get the message "Unable to continue because of a hardware or system error. Sorry, but this error is unrecoverable", after the fonts read. I have photoshop 6.0 and it works from 20 years, until few days. I had reinstall, cleaning preferences, reset font cache, check problem font, but nothing to do...
Have somebody any ideas to fix this problem?
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Alan

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Dave Grainger

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"Dec 12, 2015 - Adobe is no longer supporting CS6, and hasn't for some while. Compatibility with Windows 10 does not appear to be a given." from Microsoft Support.

from Adobe: "‌No windows 10 is not compatible with CS6 design standard. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is working on Client (Windows 10 Pro) machine but some time goes stuck while working."

Were you using a 32 bit version of Windows 7? Did you try to update same machine to Windows 10? Are you using Windows 10 Home?

I think you should switch to CC 2020. CS6 dates back to 2012...  A CAUTION: if your machine is also that old, you should check out the Requirements for your computer, especially which Video card you are using and other component configuration...
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Alan

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I bought my Asus in 2016 and i always use windows 10 home 64 bit. Photoshop version is old but it works until windows upgrade 2004.
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Alan

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My Photoshop is 6.0 (2000 version), not CS6.
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Dave Grainger

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Photoshop 6 predates the CS versions! All the more reasons to switch to CC 2020.
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Photoshop 2020 is completely different from old version. I don't able to use new interface.
I want continue to use my version. I don't like the new one.
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Here is a course that might help:
Get Up to Speed Fast on the New Photoshop 2020 
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Yes it is very different, but it can do so much more than any of the prior versions. I guess that it depends on what your usual use of Photoshop might be. However, I don't think there is any fix  that will let you use it on Windows ten as we cannot refuse Microsoft Automatic updates since Windows 10 was launched.

One Idea: you could check to see whether you have a Restore Point that predates this latest Update, restore back to that date, and then keep the PC OFF of internet connection.

Dave Grainger  birdsbydave.com
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I held on to CS6 until switching to CC2020 last year.  Let's face it: the world moves on regardless! Five point five has no chance of working with today's hardware and OS.

Your choices really are (1) Restore your computer to a Restore Point predating Windows last Update, and keep it OFF of the internet, else Microsoft will jam the update through again, or (2) get CC2020 and learn how to use it (I can give you links to get very good training), or (3) get a different program.  That will be quite hard to do, as everything out there has moved on past what you are using.

Just curious: what is the primary use for Photoshop for you? Mine happens to be photo editing plus a limited amount of graphics and restoration...
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I don't have any restore point and I'm not interesting in CC2020 and other programs. I just wanna use a program that works from 20 years and now no more. Thanks, but you didn't resolve my problem.
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You can't use Windows 10 and Photoshop 6. You need to either go back to an older version of Windows or upgrade Photoshop.

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Alan

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Don't say silly things. I can use Windows 10 & Photoshop 6 perfectly.
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Windows makes Restore Points automatically... But if you are not open for suggestions, all I can do is wish you luck.
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Alan

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Restore point was cancelled after 2 weeks. I'm open for useful suggestions. Yours are no good. Sorry.
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Huh??? Microsoft Windows Restore Points do not get canceled! Perhaps you didn't know about them.  If you run System Restore, you will encounter a choice to restore back in time or whole system. Choose Point in Time. Then, you will be shown a short list of the most recent Restore points. There also is a button to say "see more restore points"... You should be able to find one that predates the Windows Update about which you believe that your problem revolves...

'Taint my suggestions that are no good. It is perhaps that they are not understood... 

It is also true that you will not be able to run your old software  if your computer is connected to the internet after rolling back the Microsoft Updates, because the updates will automatically be pushed back on by Microsoft.  It will be necessary for you to update Photoshop.
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Sorry for you. List of recent Restore points is empty and button "see more restore points" don't exist. I understood very well, but your suggestions don't work. Don't take it personal, but the solution is next...
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Hey Alan,
did you try to use compatibility mode yet?

Simply right click the Photoshop .exe file and go to
properties, then "Compatibility" and check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and choose Win7 or something older.

Maybe it will still run if it ran up until this update! :)

I get your point. Why change if it works. Of course for this to be valid it has to actually work ^^

I am not a big fan of the latest PS versions either. If only the UI would be the only problem...

I keep my fingers crossed!
Dziga
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Hello dziga, yeah !!! It works !!!
Your solution is great and right. I try all compatibility and it works on Windows 98/Windows Me.
Finally my old Photoshop 6.0 open again.
Thank you very much for the suggestion. Now my problem is solved.
Alan
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Awesome! I am glad this actually worked ^¬^
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J-C G 01 (French)
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I Had exactly the same issue after having updated Windows 10 with version 2004. I have tried Dziga's solution and it works well ! Thank you so much Dziga !!!!
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Iv'e tried it too and it works (windows 7) Dziga is a star!!!!
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