Win 10 hi-dpi compatibility strange artifact in PSE 10

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I finally got PSE 10 into compatibility mode with Windows 10 by running compatibility tests. Then, I checked the box in the Windows compatibility dialogue to scale the program properly for my hi-dpi display. Now, unfortunately, every file opens with a very blatant large black grid box on the background (if a new file) or apparently over every image I attempt to open.

This grid persists through layers above the background. It obscures any image I open. It is huge, black horizontal and vertical lines that make any use of the image impossible. Honking, horrible to see.

I reset every single one of my preferences, thinking it might be some issue there. Still it persists.

Has anyone else experience this or a similar issue? If so, has anyone found a cause or cure?

Only happens with the hi-dpi scaling, not without it. Unfortunately, the program is not useable without it. I would rather resolve this than buy a later version, because the later versions appear to have a lot of functions I don't use but have eliminated functions I use a lot.

Thanks in advance for any light anyone can shine through this big honking grid on my images.
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Steve Lehman

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Hi Sheilagh,   

I have PSE-10 and it does not have different tools in it that differs with the new programs.  I keep it because I am used to it, as you seem to be.  I do not run mine in compatible mode.   My PSE10 runs fine in Windows 10.   You could try reinstalling as a 64 bit program instead of a compatible and I am guessing you are running it in 32 bit mode which could be the problem.   

The 2nd part of this is not good Sheilagh.  Your PSE10 is not support by Adobe anymore which is why you are here.  I have to support mine too, but I found that the newer programs have what I want, have the same tools as PSE-10, and I came up to date with Elements finally.   The only difference is that the go-back arrow is at the bottom instead of the top but it works well as I get used to it even while using PSE10 and back to 14, 15, or 2018 (version 16).   You should use a newer one too.   The newer ones have RAW conversion and all the things found in Photoshop-6.  (I have that too)  and I think you would be happy with those.   Meanwhile you can use PSE-10 if you get it fixed and the other one back and forth as you edit two at the same time like I do - I multi-task.   

Steve Lehman MCSE