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It sounds like you have the same issue being experienced by Wacom users.
The latest windows update (KB4093112) has caused an issue with the Wacom tablet and Photoshop.
You can either - undo the update
Do the following (recommended) :
1. Use notepad to create a text file and type in :
2. Save the file as PSUserConfig.txt in the following location
C: > Users > Username > AppData > Roaming > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 > Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Settings
3. Go to the tablet properties and uncheck "Use Windows Ink"
4. Restart Photoshop
That is it - all should now work well (you need to do all the above steps to retain pen pressure)
Note : There is a third option. Microsoft made this change intentionally and they have issued a way round it with registry change (see link below). However for Photoshop the PSUserConfig method works.
I just used the text file method you mentioned and it totally worked. Can't thank you enough, Dave!
now the brush doesn't work at all. What else can I do?