Update - Fixed: Having Trouble Editing Files from Adobe Lightroom in Photoshop? How to fix Adobe Photoshop 2024 Could Not be Launched Error

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Are you having trouble editing files from Adobe's Lightroom in Photoshop?

Normally a seamless experience, right clicking on an image and choosing Edit In > Edit in Adobe Photoshop... is easy, or quicker using the CTRL+E shortcut.

**Final Update: September 2023 - this issue has been fixed with the release of Adobe Photoshop 2024 which includes the Generative Fill commands previously only available in Photoshop Beta**

**Update Again: 17/08/2023 part Two - This bug has been addressed and partially fixed with Adobe Lightroom Classic v 12.5 that should be available now. The context menu will show "Edit in Adobe Photoshop 2024..." but now it actually does open as normal. So it's time to update Photoshop (Beta) to v 25.0 and you will have almost normal operation and the return of Generative Fill** 

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In fact it only works to open Photoshop (Beta), if Photoshop is open it will default to the old behaviour of taking minutes to respond, tell you it can't be opened and then create a .tif file.

So if you have Photoshop open it will not work, only if both Photoshop and Photoshop Beta are closed, or if only Photoshop Beta is open, then it will work.

To say Adobe are making a right mess of this Photoshop Beta would be an understatement.

I was editing some images from Dublin, and this one of city's fine City Hall, it opened in 1779 as the Royal Exchange but functioning since 1851 the city hall. Unfortunately I ran into problems with editing the image.

If, like countless others, you are having problems with Photoshop hanging then Lightroom showing an error stating "The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop 2024 could not be launched.", well you are far from alone.


Adobe Lightroom - The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop 2024 could not be launched.
Adobe Lightroom - The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop 2024 could not be launched.


The solution in most cases is simple, this is a known and acknowledged bug by Adobe. 

Likely it is because you have also installed Adobe Photoshop (Beta), the newest version has an incorrect reference to Adobe Photoshop 2024 when in fact you have Adobe Photoshop 2023 installed.

This fix will work even if you are using Photoshop for external editing.

For me, on Windows 10, the error started after updating Photoshop Beta to the latest version (25.0).

CTRL+E in Lightroom, even with the official Photoshop app already open, caused the program to hang for several minutes after which Lightroom showed that error about Photoshop 2024.


Adobe Lightroom - The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop 2024 could not be launched.
Adobe Lightroom - The file could not be edited because Adobe Photoshop 2024 could not be launched.


After clicking OK, Photoshop did then open the image but it also instantly created a .tif version in the Lightroom filmstrip (normally when editing in Photoshop this tif wouldn't be created until you saved the file).

To fix, open Creative Cloud Desktop then go to Apps, scroll down to Beta apps and click on the three dots beside open for Photoshop (Beta)

Choose Other versions then go to the previous version, in this case I reinstalled 24.7.


Install version 24.7 of Photoshop (Beta) to fix Lightroom error
Install version 24.7 of Photoshop (Beta) to fix Lightroom error


You don't need to uninstall Photoshop (Beta) 25.0 as installing 24.7 here will uninstall the offending most recent, offending version.

Afterwards, Lightroom correctly shows the external editing in Photoshop to be Adobe Photoshop 2023 - Edit > Preferences... > External Editing > Photoshop Version:


Adobe Lightroom External Editor now shows Adobe Photoshop 2023
Adobe Lightroom External Editor now shows Adobe Photoshop 2023


Normality resumes, with Edit in Photoshop 2023 bringing the file instantly into Photoshop and loading it as a .CR2 file and only saving it when choosing to save.

I have read elsewhere of people uninstalling Lightroom and Photoshop but the simple fix is to try this first.

It's a big problem, and just one of a number recently introduced since Adobe launched Photoshop (Beta), so if you don't want to attempt this fix an update will be released sooner rather than later.

Last modified on Monday, 02 October 2023 14:44
Darren McLoughlin

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  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 18 August 2023 00:01 posted by Darren

    Hi Dave,

    Yes it looks like there are still some issues. It has worked most of the time for me but only if Photoshop Beta is open or neither versions are open, in which case it opens Beta. If Photoshop is open, it tries to open there and goes through the ridiculous process above.

    It's a right mess alright.


  • Comment Link Dave Thursday, 17 August 2023 23:07 posted by Dave

    The latest Lightroom Update released today (12.5) did not fix it for me, I think they have more work to do. I had to roll back to the previous Photoshop Beta (24.7.0) app to get back to my normal workflow (albeit without the generative fill capability)

  • Comment Link Darren Thursday, 17 August 2023 21:00 posted by Darren

    Thanks Ela, finally a fix has been released - see the update at the top of the article.

  • Comment Link Ela Wednesday, 16 August 2023 18:42 posted by Ela

    I found a temporal good solution, downgrade LR Cl to v 12.2.1and it will open the pictures on BETA 25 with no issues. Worked just great for me.

  • Comment Link Darren Wednesday, 16 August 2023 11:53 posted by Darren

    You're right Paul, it now looks like Generative Fill isn't working in Photoshop (Beta) 24.7 with the message that "This feature requires the latest version of Photoshop (Beta)." This is because of a change in servers by Adobe. The workaround above still works to allow Lightroom and Photoshop communicate properly for the meantime though, Thanks, Darren

  • Comment Link Darren Wednesday, 16 August 2023 11:49 posted by Darren

    Thanks Stacy, glad it helped. Darren

  • Comment Link Paul Wednesday, 16 August 2023 09:32 posted by Paul

    This no longer Works, When you roll back, if you want to use GF it will say that you have to install the latest update. Absolute joke!

  • Comment Link Stacy Tuesday, 15 August 2023 17:48 posted by Stacy

    Thank you so much for this fix! It was driving me crazy! Looking forward to the actual fix, but this works in the meantime!

  • Comment Link Darren Sunday, 13 August 2023 18:28 posted by Darren

    Good to hear it helped as well Tony.


  • Comment Link Tony Baxter Saturday, 12 August 2023 14:45 posted by Tony Baxter

    Thanks, I'm so happy now after reading your article all sorted. Thank you so much

  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 11 August 2023 14:18 posted by Darren

    Cheers Carl, I'd say we'll be waiting for a major update with other features but maybe a fix will arrive soon enough.

  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 11 August 2023 13:33 posted by Darren

    Good, happy it helped Chuck.

  • Comment Link Darren Friday, 11 August 2023 13:32 posted by Darren

    No problem Tom, glad it helped.

  • Comment Link Carl Friday, 11 August 2023 09:30 posted by Carl

    Thanks for the information on fixing the problem 2024 .
    Now I wonder how long it will take Adobe to fix this bug.
    Many thanks Carl Gorton Photography

  • Comment Link Chuck Danas Friday, 11 August 2023 01:09 posted by Chuck Danas

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Comment Link Darren Thursday, 10 August 2023 22:20 posted by Darren

    Good to hear it's still helping John.

    I'll post an update when when Adobe issue an update.


  • Comment Link John Thursday, 10 August 2023 20:10 posted by John

    Thank you very much. This has helped me and greatly appreciated.

  • Comment Link Tom Thursday, 03 August 2023 17:13 posted by Tom

    Thank you very much

  • Comment Link Darren Thursday, 03 August 2023 14:05 posted by Darren

    Good to hear it lelde, I will make an update when Adobe issue an updated version to resolve the problem.

  • Comment Link lelde Thursday, 03 August 2023 13:51 posted by lelde

    Thank you , really helped!

  • Comment Link Darren Thursday, 03 August 2023 00:27 posted by Darren

    Thanks Per, glad it helped. Hopefully a fix will be issued soon.

  • Comment Link Per Munk Wednesday, 02 August 2023 19:42 posted by Per Munk

    Thank you very much for this. I was going nut so this was a great help

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