I have Windows 8 and Lightroom 5.7 installed on my desktop. Every since I did the last update, Lightroom has been acting really weird. I often get a "Lightroom Not Responding" message, or it will take for ever to do something like move from library to develop module. I have been going through and deleting files and have moved folders with in Lightroom, but I would think that should not be an issue. This has been going on for about a month now after the last update. Yesterday I moved my pictures from my desktop to an external drive through lightroom and then did a catalog backup.. Later in the day after a photo shoot, I tried to import pictures, to that external drive and it just stopped in the middle of the process. I checked to see if the pictures were in the designated folder and they were. So I closed Lightroom and opened it again 6 pictures had a white box with lines through them taking up the bottom quarter of the picture. If I look at these pictures through another program, they appear fine. Should I reinstall Lightroom? If so, how do I save my work? Could my catalog (which I have backed up) be corrupt?
I have more work to be done, but I don't want to proceed if I am working with an unstable program.
Uninstalling LR does not delete the catalog which is in an entirely different place, not the Programs folder. I am not saying that removing and reinstalling LR will solve your problem, but you don't need to worry about losing your work. If you reinstall, the first time you launch LR it may create a new empty catalog. Just use File/Open Recent to open your old catalog.
Thanks. I am hoping I don't have to reinstall and it is something simple going one, but I am an optimist.