PhotoDeluxe Home Edition Executable Has Encountered A Problem

by on November 5, 2007

Q: When I try to open Adobe PhotoDeluxe, I get an error that does not give me an error code. The error only states that it has encountered a problem and must close. This happens every time. I cannot use the program without uninstalling and reinstalling; however, after a day it begins the errors again. I have Windows XP. The Error is: PhotoDeluxe Home Edition Executable has encountered a problem and needs to close.

A: First, take a look at some of the solutions to Adobe PhotoDeluxe problems here at AskAGeek.com. You’ll probably notice immediately that PhotoDeluxe and Windows XP don’t work very well together, without a little tweaking. Solutions applicable to your particular situation that have been suggested in the past include:

  1. Modify the virtual memory settings in Windows XP (Initial Setting to 4000 MB and Max field to 4095 MB). Then increase the scratch disk settings in the PhotoDeluxe preferences. You can accomplish this by: right click on My computer -> left click on Properties -> Advanced -> Performance -> Settings -> Advanced -> Virtual Memory -> Change -> Custom Settings.
  2. Use Windows Compatibility Mode to fool PhotoDeluxe into thinking that is it running on an older version of Windows, such as Windows 98. You may also need to experiment with some of the other compatibility settings.
  3. Reinstall a program that is associated with PhotoDeluxe called Storm EasyPhoto using the procedure listed in one of my previous articles, entitled Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition Error.
  4. Use Windows tools such as Disk Cleanup, Defragmentation, and Error-checking to insure that your computer is well maintained.
  5. Replace PhotoDeluxe with its successor, Adobe Photoshop Elements. Photoshop Elements incorporates many of the features found in PhotoDeluxe.

If you only have 256MB of RAM or less installed in your computer, you may want to upgrade t0 512MB of RAM. This could help PhotoDeluxe to work. Increasing your RAM is also recommended if you decide to upgrade to Photoshop Elements. You can determine the amount of RAM currently in your system by right clicking on the My Computer icon and then selecting Properties from the menu.

The only other option that I can think of at the moment is to reinstall Windows XP. But honestly, I’m not sure that a program as old as PhotoDeluxe is worth that much effort.