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Tom 6785
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Feb 2, 2013 5:26 AM

Every time I open Photoshop Elements, it updates the program for about 45 minutes.  How do I stop automatic updates?

  • 99jon
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    Feb 2, 2013 6:18 AM   in reply to Tom 6785

    Hi Tom


    There are a couple of things you can do to prevent updating and indexing and generally improve performance. Use the Organizer main menu.


    (1) Go to:

    Edit >> Preferences >> Media-Analysis

    Uncheck all the boxes and click OK


    (2) Then go to:

    File >> Watch Folders


    Uncheck the box at the top “Watch Folders and their Sun-Folders for New Files” and click OK


    This should stop all the automatic updating but you will then need to import all future images manually.



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  • 99jon
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    Feb 9, 2013 2:12 PM   in reply to Tom 6785


    Try disabling the service via the control panel.


    Control Panel >> All Control Panel Items >>Administrative Tools

    Find Services and double click to open.


    Highlight Adobe Active File Manager V11 and in the left hand column and click Stop the service


    Alternatively right click on the AAFM and choose properties. Change Startup type, click Apply then click OK.


    Close Windows and reboot.


    N.B. substitute your own version number if different to PSE11



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