Could you please attach a screen shot of Photoshop as it will be helpful.
Also did you make any changes to the computer or Photoshop before facing the issue?
Thank you for the information, do you have any custom settings like brushes,actions or presets that you have created?
I had maybe 2-3 but nothing that I added recently. Only stuff that I've been using for ages and without any problem.
I also tried uninstalling and re-installing the program (deleting all preferences when doing so) but the problem still appears.
I have seen at least one other report like this. I know windows has an window option "Always on top". And the are downloads available to help one exploit the feature for any application. I have not downloaded any. I don't seem to remember ever seeing that problem on Windows 7. I now run Windows 10. I seem to remember a window like liquify not popping up till I clicked on the Photoshop window but I have failed to make Photoshop window be always on top. I can always seem to get windows over Photoshop's windows.
I can move CS2 palettes over CS2 image windows and CS2 image windows under cs2 palettes bbut not other application windows.
Please close Photoshop and then go to the following location: Users/[user name]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS2/Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings and rename the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings folder to oldAdobe Photoshop CS2 Settings.
Once done, relaunch Photoshop and see if it helps.
The save location seems to be a bit different for me but I found it under:
Does the location matter or is it fine as it is?
So I rename the whole folder to "oldAdobe Photoshop CS2 Settings"? (Just wanna make sure that there isn't a space missing after the "old". Or is this intended?
I'll try it out now.
Yes rename the entire folder once.
I did. The problem still happens.
Also now I have two folders in this location. One renamed, one as it has been before. (I guess photoshop automatically creates that?)
Sadly I already tried changing the compatibility settings manually too. I tried with settings of Windows XP but the problem is still the same.
It's strange because I never changed anything and it worked fine. Also I know others using it for Windows 7 without problems.
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I had the same problem with a perfectly fine working CS2 on Windows 7 64-bit. The problem started about 6 days ago. I ended up uninstalling all Microsoft updates since 4/14/2016 and it looks like I have isolated the problem to KB3145739 (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-039, Security update for Windows Graphics Component). I have reinstalled all other updates and have not seen the problem anymore. I will update this post in case the problem shows again.
Thank you so much for the hint! I deinstalled this single update and it seems like it worked. I was working in photoshop at least 2 hours without a problem.
It seems like Windows will automatically try to re-install this update though. At least after one day, my photoshop showed the same mistake so I checked my update list and saw that KB3145739 was back and I had to uninstall it again. Is there any way to prevent this update completely?
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Windows updates needs to solve this problem with KB3145739. I have never encountered such a problem before with windows 7. All programms worked fine until mid of april.
I have searched for "photoshop cs2 windows updates" or "closing windows suddenly", but google had no clue. Finally I deinstalled all updates from start of april and I pointed out KB3145739. I got here by searching for "photoshop cs2 kb3145739".
@google & @microsoft: no good job!
Set windows update to manual installation (download only). Reboot. Deinstall KB3145739. Reboot. Wait. Disable KB3145739 by clicking right in windows updates. Maybe this helps!
Has somebody also received emails from Adobe with savings on Photoshop CC, when CS2 stopped working?
We did. Thanks a lot.
I changed my settings to "download only" and deinstalled kb3145739 but when I restarted, it was automatically installed again, so for some reason the "download only" doesn't seem to work. :/
Okay. Have you done a reboot or shutdown? Today I saw this behavior: I changed to "download only" in the morning and restarted the system. In the evening windows wanted to automatically install the update again when shutting down. I forgot to disable the update. I don't know why windows takes so long until the kb3145739 pops up again.
What I did was: I haven't pushed the shutdown button. I went to windows updates and disabled kb3145739 by clicking right on the update. After this was done, the shutdown button hasn't showed any automatic update installation anymore.
I am a bit afraid of the security issues with a forced deinstallation, but I think, if you have a stable system and you are only visiting some websites, it should be okay. For a computer which is in heavy internet usage, I don't recommend to deinstall the update.
If you google for kb3145739 you can read what microsoft debugs.
This might be a stupid question but: How exactly do I disable it? You write "rightclick on the update" but there is no disable function for me there.
When it's already installed I only have the option to uninstall it. When it's not installed (and I search for it in the list of recently done updates), it shows me "details" and "copy details" when I right-click but no disable option. Could you maybe add a screenshot where exactly you found that?
I bet it's not a good idea to force the deinstallation but if I need to work with CS2, there's not really another option I guess. :/ I'm using several malware programs and such and I check mostly always the same internet websides so I hope it'll be fine.
In any case, thanks for your help!
I have a german version of windows. I can't tell you the names of the menus. Description only.
You are NOT in the right menu. You are in the software menu where you can deinstall software and windows updates. There you need to go for deinstalling kb3145739. First step.
When I type "updates" in the start menu then there is "windows update". There windows shows you what updates are ready (downloaded) for installation. If you click on the list then you can disable an update by clicking right on the update. Second Step.
Again: Right after the deinstallation and a reboot, windows update doesn't show kb3145739. It takes some hours. It's a critical update, that's why windows forces the installation on shutdowns.
At the moment I am happy again with my photoshop cs2. @Adobe: Many people pay or paid for your software. Please talk to microsoft to offer a patch for kb3145739.
Thanks a lot,
Actually I'm German too but I keep this post English just in case anyone else needs the information.
I found it now and disabled kb3145739. Let's see if it works.
I hope Adobe/Microsoft will find a better solution in the future.
Talking about disabling it again: My computer automatically sets the tick into the box for this update again. I remove the tick (meaning I disable the update) -> some hours later when I check, the tick is there again. This is really a pain in the ***. I have to deinstall and reboot every time I wanna use photoshop.
But well at least I know what to do to fix it.
You can turn off automatic updates in Windows 7 (but don't forget to check for them regularly) and after you've removed that particular one, open Windows Update and click on the link to see all available updates. Find the one that's causing a problem, right click on it (?) and choose "Hide".
Windows 10 is more "helpful." Apparently, security updates will just reinstall whether you want them or not. Thanks, Microsoft!
Thank you I did that now!
Update on the problem: Today I had the SAME problem in photoshop again even if kb3145739 was still not installed.
There have been other new Windows updates today and I fear that one of those might cause the same problem. I'm getting seriously pissed at this point. *very ironic smiling*
I try to figure out which other update is the new a***. The new ones are:
Will try to deinstall them one by one to find out which might cause the problem. Can't describe how annoyed I am by this. 8'D
Not again! Wonder why CS2 seems to be the only thing affected by these updates? Please let us know if you find out which new update causes the problem to reappear. (I have not yet installed any this week.)
Should be either kb3153731 or kb3153199. At least so far I didn't have the error when those two were uninstalled.
By the way I'd say CS2 is not the only program having trouble with this. I had a problem with twitter recently. Only on this website, I suddenly had tons of "No reaction" and "Script stopped working" errors. I'm not sure if and how this can be related to a Windows update but after uninstalling the above mentioned two, twitter seems to work fine again. What the hell is wrong with these updates recently? D:
Thanks, Anshie. I was just looking at the long list of new updates. I will leave those two out.
Actually, that's good news about other programs being affected as well. At least that makes it more likely that a fix might be devised.
It hit me too.
I have these new updates (all about an update of the microsoft graphics components).
kb3156016 - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3156016
kb3156013 - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3156013
kb3156019 - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3156019
I don't have time to figure out which one causes the problme again right now. Does somebody have a clue?
Hi Anshie. Yes, it's KB3153199. The microsoft description was a bit the same as in KB3145739. The deinstallation took an hour. That's not good a signal for the stability of windows. Patchday is every month. I don't think there will be any solution ever for CS2. CS2 needs an update, but there won't be any.
That's such a pain in the ***. I wonder how other people do it because it seems like not everyone using CS2 is having these problems. Isn't there any other forum or official to write to? I really don't wanna go through this every months now and switching to another photoshop isn't really an option.
What are you going to do?
@Dan: Sadly I must ruin the hope here. Seems like the problem with twitter remains and it was probably not connected to a Windows update but rather to Firefox. It doesn't happen in Chrome.
I'll leave that one out when I update (been holding off).
Not seeing this erratic behavior on Windows 10 (64-bit). Another "push" by MS to get people to update?
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If you look at the files that were changed in KB3145739 and KB3153199, the file shared between them is win32k.sys. What this most likely means is that any future Windows Update that includes that file will make the problem come back.
We basically have to rely on Microsoft for a fix (since Photoshop CS2 obviously won't get fixed), but probably safe to say that Microsoft won't fix anything, unless other (still supported) programs are also breaking. If it's just affecting Photoshop CS2, I'd guess we're stuck. It's possible that Adobe used some obscure or unsupported code path or functionality in CS2 that has now been "fixed" by Microsoft that results in the window layering problem.
I just want to say ...... I LOVE YOU GUYS ........ this has been driving me nutts!!!! never thought it would have a solution....FANTASTIC you have made me so happy as most of my work is on Photoshop CS2
I followed your advice and tracked down the Windows Update KB3145739 and KB3153199 uninstalled the little blighters and this seems to have done the trick after weeks of stress!!!! So happy
Likewise. Thanks everyone! It makes a huge difference not having to chase around the screen looking for the Photoshop window.
Where can I check which file was changed in which update? Would be helpful to see which future update changes this win32k.sys thing, so we could get rid of it right away. :/
You can get a list for this year's updates here:
It's not the easiest to use (you have to open each update and look at the file modification list), but it's a start.
Another possible solution that I found -
Increasing the memory usage in Photoshop appears to have fixed the issue. [Edit > Preferences > Memory & Image Cache]
(Tested it for 30 min, which usually should not last that long).
I think if I remember correctly, I tried that do but it didn't help. Right now I can't try again because photoshop is running just fine. (Thanks god!) Lets wait for the next horrible windows update that will ruin it. :/
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with 15.06.2016 there come new MS Updates u have to uninstall.
Looks like this is going to be an ongoing thing with Photoshop and Windows Updates.
I admit I'm a little concerned that not having these updates might potentially be de-stabilizing my computer... I already skipped on a few updates to avoid Windows 10, and now the thing doesn't seem to be working quite right as a whole
Looks like it's only KB3161664. The main problem is win32k.sys as jpasher-dmv already found out. I agree, this is not only annoying, but removing the MS security fixes might also have some side-effects which are hard to figure out. But upgrading to CS6 from CS2 was simply too expensive for me and is no longer a real option. And, I am not a fan of any cloud offering, including Adobe CC. So, I guess anyone who still wants to use the formerly perfectly fine working CS2 has to deal with the removal of MS patches every Patch Tuesday