that doesent sound like a PS problem...
whats your System details
This occoured in Photoshop CS3 today. All other Adobe products are functioning normaly on this system. Premiear CS3, Encore, Audition function fine. Photoshop was working fine then failedduring the evening. We have removed and reloaded Photoshop CS3 and recieve the same error. Still the remaining Products run as expected. All other Aplications on the system run normaly as well. No other indications of hardware issues are logging. There is ample memory and space available on this system.
Someone else suggested I trash my PREFS (I am not sure How I proceed in doing that - any advice on how to delete the prefs - willing to try that at this point) Thanks
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Yes, a reinstall will not affect the preferences file.
To reset preferences click to start Photoshop and IMMEDIATELY hold down the crtl +alt + shift keys. It is a little tricky so keep trying until you get a reset window.
Reset of the Preferences took care of the issue. And you were correct is is tricky to get it to come up when entering the application. Took several attempts but I was succesfull. Thanks for the guidance. All is well and we are back in production. Have a great New Year.
Hi I have adobe photoshop elements 8 on a dell laptop running windows 7. I had received the same error message as the OP got a few months ago and I uninstalled and reinstalled today after I was finally able to find the serial number again. I followed the advice given above and successfully deleted the preferences but editor continues to give me the same message. What other possibilities could be causing this and how do I fix it? I dont have the money to upgrade to a newer version so I'm kinda stuck. The last thing the window says before the error message is "Initializing shared components"
Hello all, Has anyone found an answer to this yet? My Elements 9 stopped working with the same 'unable to continue because of a hardware or system error. Sorry but the error is unrecoverable.'
I've uninstalled and reinstalled, cleared the preferences and tried running in W.7, 8 and XP compatibility, all to no effect.