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Adobe Illustrator CS6 has stopped working on Windows 7

Dec 18, 2012 10:55 AM

I've seen a few posts about this and I stall haven't seen it stop or a fix that works.


I use Illustrator any length of time (up and running just a few minutes till up for weeks on end) and as soon as I quit (either by File -> Exit, the X in the corner or Alt -> F4) it closes panels and after a bit pops up that "Adobe Illustrator CS6 has stoppped working.  Microsoft is looking for a solution to this problem."


It saves the recently opened files.  All settings seem to save as I don't need to reset them.  But of course its worrisome.



  1. Everything has been unisnstalled and reinstalled 3 times.
  2. All permissions have always looked okay.
  3. I have tried running it as Administrator and still have had it happen
  4. Illustrator has been the only program of all the ones installed to have this issue.


Are  there any fixes I've missed?  I'm a cloud client so have expected a patch for a while now to come out fixing this, as I've updated Illustrator a few times since starting using CS6.


In looking in logs the constistent error has been:


Faulting application name: Illustrator.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x50bb3ee0

Faulting module name: QtCore4.dll_unloaded, version:, time stamp: 0x4ffd8608

Exception code: 0xc0000005

Fault offset: 0x000000005b8bb260

Faulting process id: 0x2300

Faulting application start time: 0x01cddd4fcd1f94e0

Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS6 (64 Bit)\Support Files\Contents\Windows\Illustrator.exe

Faulting module path: QtCore4.dll

Report Id: 1dbace71-4943-11e2-ac54-d4bed9d5ae3c

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    Dec 18, 2012 1:03 PM   in reply to PatrickHavens

    Don't take offense but it sounds like you are selectivel trying the fixes you like rather than starting at the beginning.


    First try this crete a new user account and launch Illustrattor tell us what happens

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    Mar 19, 2013 6:59 AM   in reply to PatrickHavens

    I was having this exact same issue. I uninstalled FontExplorerX Pro and the issue was corrected. I believe the Illustrator plug-in that installs with FontExplorer is buggy.

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    Mar 22, 2013 9:41 PM   in reply to genepooldesign

    genepooldesign, you are awesome!  I was struggling to find the solution to this problem for a while and it never occured to me that Font Explorer was causing the problem.  Incidently, just uninstalling the Illustrator plugin seems to fix the problem.  Didn't need to uninstall the whole app.

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    Apr 9, 2013 9:22 PM   in reply to PatrickHavens

    I'm amazed you got a response from them.  I think FontExplorer Pro is a great product but their support leaves much to be desired.

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    Oct 25, 2013 8:11 AM   in reply to PatrickHavens

    anyone know if this has been corrected?  I just installed CS6 and I cannot even open an AI file in Illustrator and it stops working.  I don't even have FontExplorer on my computer, unless it is located somewhere other than on my C: drive...I have searched my program folders for anything similar, but it does not locate anything.


    Where would I look to find FontExplorer? 

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    Nov 17, 2013 11:58 AM   in reply to Harvard5

    Did you get any resolution?  I dont have FontExplorer either and my Illustrator keeps crashing.  My 64bit crashes when I try to save, my 32bit crashes when I try to open.

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