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You are using old version of Photoshop elements. This is a reason Windows 7 having compatibility issue. To change compatibility settings manually for a program, right-click the
icon for the program, click Properties, and
then click the Compatibility tab.
Select Windows XP service pack 2 and click on Ok button. Now access the layers palette in Photoshop Element
The error telling you that Photoshop 'will automatically shut down' is a waterd-down way of telling you there was a critical error and that it was not able to open. There appears to be a corruption in your Photoshop installation.
I would recomend uninstalling Photoshop 7 and then re-installing it again as follows:
- Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs (or 'Programs' in Vista or Win7)
- Locate Adobe Photoshop 7 and click on it and select Uninstall.
- When it has completed, restart your PC.
- Once restarted, re-install Photoshop 7 via the CD/DVD.
Quite a dilemma. You need to be in Photoshop to adjust the memory preference settings. The memory preference settings prevent you from getting into Photoshop. Catch-22.
The solution: Change the settings through the .ini file.
Important: If you have questions or need clarification at any point, stop and ask. You are my eyes, I want you to understand the process. OK?
Just to clarify a few things (to rule out other possibilities), please respond with the answers to the following:
This just started happening? (No recent changes or upgrades to 7.0?)
What is the size of your hard drive? (Right click the drive icon in My Computer and select Properties. It will show a pie chart. I'm looking for Capacity)
Same place, What is the available space?
Any other recent events that might have something to do with memory usage or disk utilization? (even remotely possible)
Ram - How many megabytes (Giga?)
Are you comfortable navigating with Windows Explorer?
OK, The objective:
Find the initialize file (.ini) that Photoshop uses to save its settings (general preferences, memory, file locations, etc.).
Once found, change the default settings, specifically those involving memory usage, errors and so on.
This should allow the application to complete its initialization.
The changes: Either you can do it with notepad or you can copy and paste it into a comment back to me. Then I make the changes which you put back into the file. Which ever, I prefer to see the whole file, in case something else catches my eye. Don't worry, it's pretty short.