How to Stop Adobe Photo Downloader from Starting Automatically

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How to Stop Adobe Photo Downloader from Starting Automatically
Adobe photo software allows you to import digital photos from camera to PC. (Portable digital photo camera. Isolated on white. image by diter from

Adobe offers Photoshop as a way to manage and edit digital photos. By default this program is designed to automatically start up when Windows is launched. In addition the program is set by default to launch automatically and begin importing files whenever an SD media card or a digital camera device is connected to the computer. You may want to disable these features if you use another photo program or you notice the downloading is slowing down the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    To Disable Photo Downloader from Opening upon Computer Startup

  1. 1

    Click the "Start menu" and select "Run".

  2. 2

    Enter "msconfig" in the "Run" text box and click "Enter" or "Run".

  3. 3

    Click on the "Startup" tab in the window that appears. Scroll through the list until you see an item labelled "apdproxy".

  4. 4

    Click on the check-box next to "apdproxy" to deselect it. Click "OK" and restart the computer when prompted.

    To Disable Automatic Photo Importing when a Camera is Plugged in

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start menu" button followed by "All Programs". Browse for a folder named "Adobe".

  2. 2

    Select an item with the words "Photoshop Elements Organizer" in its title. If you do not see this item, double-click on "Adobe Photoshop" and select "Elements Organizer" from the "Tools" selection in Adobe's top menu bar.

  3. 3

    Within the Photoshop Elements Organizer select "Edit" from the top menu bar, followed by "Preferences".

  4. 4

    Select "Camera or Card Reader" from the options under "Preferences". Click the check-box next to the phrase that begins with "Use Adobe Photo Downloader to get photos...", which may continue with either "from reader" or "from camera". Verify that the check-box is deselected and click "OK".

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