Photoshop taking forever to open images on Windows XP
January 23, 2009
Photoshop | Troubleshooting | Windows

I have a very fast multi-core system, so I was puzzled because Photoshop always opened even tiny images slowly, sometimes taking 5 or 10 seconds, and freezing everything in the process.

Thanks to a post on, I found the cause: printer drivers I don't even use!

Chase suggests checking your printers to find any offline or unconnected ones. I did not have any offline printers, but I have a lot of virtual printers, including one called "PurePage," which was installed by Thesis courseware software. That was the only one I don't use regularly, so I deleted it. Photoshop sped up immediately - small images open instantaneously now.

Other possible causes of photoshop slowdowns that I've found include:

  • Opening images across a network
  • Adobe's Version Cue interfering in some way (turn it off)
  • Hardware acceleration conflicting for some reason
  • Corrupt font(s)

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    Posted by ellen at January 23, 2009 12:32 PM

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