How to Stop the Service Manager in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Written by chris hoke
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Adobe CS5 (Creative Suite 5) applications use the CS5 Service Manager to communicate with the Adobe Extension Manager, which enables interaction with "extensions." These extensions are plugins that add scripts, tool options and other application features. If an Adobe CS5 application crashes, the CS5 Service Manager may remain open. This can cause problems when reopening the CS5 application, or may cause conflicts with other processes running on your computer. To close the CS5 Service Manager manually, you'll need to access the Windows Task Manager.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Right-click the Windows task bar, then click "Start Task Manager" or "Task Manager." You can also access the Task Manager by pressing the keys "ctrl+shift+esc" simultaneously.

  2. 2

    Click the "Processes" tab in the "Windows Task Manager" window.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the "CS5ServiceManager.exe" entry, then click "End Process."

  4. 4

    Click "Yes" to confirm.

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