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Not everyone has a kick-ass computer with infinite amount of horsepower. If you recently upgraded your old version to Photoshop, you may notice it takes quite a while to startup. In this article, I will show you settings you can change to fix Photoshop Slow Startup problem.

Disable Graphic Processor

The Graphic Processor settings provide several enhancements and support a number of new features.

However, if you have an older computer, you will want to disable this setting. The reason being that graphic processor consumes a large amount of system resources.

To turn off Graphic Processor, go to Edit > Preferences > Performance:

Un-check the “Use Graphics Processor” box:

You just need to be aware that some features in Photoshop 2020 does need to use graphics processor to function. You can find the full list of features here.

Select Appropriate Scratch Disk

Photoshop uses a setting called “Scratch Disk” to store temporary data. Overtime, you do accumulate a lot of these files.

If your hard disk capacity is low, you can select all available drives under Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disk:

The above screenshot is for demo purpose only – I have enough disk spaces so no need to enable all drives.

By making sure you have enough space for scratch disks, you will improve the startup speed of Photoshop 2020.

Once you made the changes, make sure you save them by pressing the “OK” button on the top right. Now try restarting Photoshop, you should find it start up much faster.

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