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Affinity Designer is completely frozen and now I cannot use Publisher nor Designer


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Since yesterday, Affinity Designer is broken for me on version 2.2.1. The UI freezes and is stuck on a full-core load (single core) even after terminating the task in Task manager. Uninstalling and reinstalling the app (MSIX) did not resolve the issue. I also tried repairing.

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It seems to have to do with Windows PowerToys from the look of taskmanager, so I updated PowerToys to 0.75.1. It's weird because I haven't updated PowerToys yesterday...

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E1: Time to uninstall PowerToys...

E2: That fixed the issue, but it's not a long term solution for me.

E3: The SVG thumbnails in the recent file window appear to be the culprit with SVG icon preview enabled in the File Explorer Add-ons section of PowerToys. I had several SVG thumbnails in recent files that failed to render. Disabling this specific module was enough to get it to work again.

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Thanks for letting us know Intuos5, as I've not seen issues between Affinity and PowerToys occur previously!

I'll be sure to inform our team internally regarding this issue, so we are aware of this should we receive similar reports - hopefully Microsoft are able to resolve this issue in an upcoming update :)

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