3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 9, 2013 2:12 PM by 99jon


    Tom @ BCA

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

        • 1. Re: Updates
          99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          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.



          • 2. Re: Updates
            Tom @ BCA Level 1

            I followed your instructions and it did not fix the problem.  I started the program today and the first thing it did was update the organizer.   This is maddening.   I can never get onto this program to just to look at pictures without it taking 40 minutes to update.


            How do I stop automatic updates????




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            • 3. Re: Updates
              99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP


              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