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Designer crashed and brought down my computer. After rebooting, Designer won't open. I've tried restarting Windows again.

Watching the task manager, I can see Affinity Designer open in the background processes for roughly one second before disappearing.

NVidia graphics card, up to date on drivers.

Event Viewer is showing a .NET Runtime error:
Application: Designer.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
   at Backtrace.BacktraceDatabase.LoadReports()
   at Backtrace.BacktraceDatabase.Start()
   at Serif.Affinity.Application.SetupBacktrace()
   at Serif.Affinity.Application..ctor()
   at Designer.Application.Main(System.String[])

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@Mark Ingram, my apologies for the delay, Gmail thoughtfully directed the notification to my spam folder.

%APPDATA%\Affinity\Designer\1.0\CrashReports does not exist. I verified this with an Administrator account. The 1.7.2.424 release works just fine.

One thing that I noticed is that there is no license.xml file in the %APPDATA%\Affinity\Designer\1.0 folder, unlike the Publisher and Photo folders. Is this intentional?
 

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Unfortunately, after updating to version 1.7.1 from version 1.6.5, the Designer stopped loading.
Net framework and NVIDIA GTX960M drivers updated, Windows 64 Russian.

At startup, no error messages are displayed.

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On 7/23/2019 at 2:16 AM, Hephaestus said:

Designer crashed and brought down my computer. After rebooting, Designer won't open. I've tried restarting Windows again.

Watching the task manager, I can see Affinity Designer open in the background processes for roughly one second before disappearing.

NVidia graphics card, up to date on drivers.

Event Viewer is showing a .NET Runtime error:
Application: Designer.exe
Framework Version: v4.0.30319
Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
   at Backtrace.BacktraceDatabase.LoadReports()
   at Backtrace.BacktraceDatabase.Start()
   at Serif.Affinity.Application.SetupBacktrace()
   at Serif.Affinity.Application..ctor()
   at Designer.Application.Main(System.String[])

Hi, this is an odd crash, as it's actually crashing whilst trying to initialise the crash reporter... The Backtrace library is a third party library which we use for this purpose, and I can see from their history that they fixed a crash in this exact location last month, so I'll make sure we integrate their latest code, and that will fix the issue - but unfortunately you'll have to wait for the next version of Designer to get this fix.

In the meantime, can you try renaming your %APPDATA%\Affinity\Designer\1.0 folder, and starting up? 

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Mark,

Thanks for the reply. I renamed the folder and rebooted, just to make sure that there weren't any old instances of libraries running. I then tried to run Designer without opening any other applications (other than the usual background items). The result was exactly the same. I checked the Event Viewer and the trace is identical.

I'm prepared to wait for the next release, since the beta version works for me. Let me know if you need someone to test the fix.

I appreciate you taking the time to explain the problem and I certainly have enjoyed the unique pleasures of buggy third-party libraries before, so you have my sympathy.

- Robert

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