we are running photoshop 8 in a windows 7 environment, and are experiencing daily hangups, slow save and output times, and software crashs....are there any patches or hotfix downloads avail? or maybe just tweaking? I've search thru the "help" section and can't really identify any.
Photoshop Elements 8 or Photoshop 8.0 (i.e., CS)? The latter is WAY outdated.
If the former (Photoshop Elements 8, which isn't quite so old) is what you're talking about, you should check your system's display drivers to see if the maker of your video card has released new ones. And you might find you'll get more help in the Photoshop Elements-specific forum: http://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop_elements
It would probably be helpful if you would dig into your Windows Application Log, find the crash information, and post it here. Often the "faulting module" is identified, which can help identify what's going wrong.