I have what I'd like to think is a top of the line Windows desktop, built recently.

  • Ryzen 3950x processor
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD (M.2 NVMe)
  • 32GB of DDR4 3600 memory
  • Win 10

Photoshop takes 13+ seconds to open, every time. My entire OS doesn't take much longer than this to load. Is there any way to speed this up?

  • That’s more of a question for SuperUser stack exchange because it has nothing to do with graphic design. On a side note, why do you need to reopen it so often that it bothers you? – Sergey Kritskiy Jan 29 at 8:10
  • @Sergey agreed it has nothing to do with graphic design, but a heavy PS user is most likely to know the answer, if there is one. Many times I don't need to reopen the app, but in general I do many things in life that I don't need to. However there is one case where I most certainly do need to: PS has a very longstanding bug where sometimes even after closing all opened files, it still keeps a "handle" on them and prevents the OS from deleting them. In this case you need to close PS to be able to delete the files, and then reopen to continue working. – The111 Jan 29 at 8:29
  • @The111 you're right to a certain point. But we can't answer because the cause for slowness might be something else in your specific hardware / software combination. Certainly my Photoshop takes 20+ seconds to open and I wouldn't expect anyone here to know exactly why. – Luciano Jan 29 at 9:14
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    13 seconds..... I bet you stand in front of a microwave screaming "Hurry up!!!!!":) To load faster, limit active system fonts and Photoshop lug ins. – Scott Jan 29 at 10:13
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    @Tetsujin it's 32GB, aka far more than PS needs at idle. Takes around 9 seconds on my 2015 Macbook Pro (also 32GB). I have no idea how much PS source code is shared between platforms though. The Win binary could be quite different. :-/ – The111 Jan 29 at 19:37

There's no magic solution. Try everything you can try:

  • clean up everything you can in windows before worrying about what's wrong with Photoshop
  • purge windows temp files
  • test your SSD
  • experiment with Photoshop's cache settings
  • purge Bridge's cache and every cache folder you can get your hands on
  • don't work with huge files
  • pause any cloud syncing
  • reinstall
  • google this and see what other people are doing

My Photoshop CC loads in about 10 seconds, but I don't have a problem with that. It has never been quicker, maybe in CS6 days I could have gotten a 7-8 seconds load time. But who's counting? :)

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  • Mine loads in about 4 seconds - from App click to Home screen, but i wouldn't be fazed if it took 5x as long, Geeez this generation wants everything NOW don't they. 1st world problems :) – Mark Read Jan 31 at 1:10
  • @Mark Read which generation is that? And yes, most of the issues posted about here are by definition first-world problems. Impoverished people spend very little time thinking about Photoshop. – The111 Feb 1 at 7:40

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