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SOLVED – Quark Xpress 8, 8.5, 9, 10, etc Won’t start! Crashing or Freezing on Launch (PC Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista)

Quark Xpress Bug Glitch Crash

Solution to fixing this occasional problem in Quark Xpress. This is a short article to help anyone else who may be experiencing this problem, but also as a way to remind myself the next time this problem happens to me. With only occasional use of Quark, I’ve still run into this problem about once or twice a year.

Description of the Problem:

When you launch QuarkXpress via a shortcut, doubleclicking on the executable, or any other method, the Quark Express splash screen shows up for a few seconds, then disappears and the program does not launch. If you click on the splash screen, it will gray out and Windows will say the program is not responding. Clicking to wait or search for a solution does not help. This problem persists after rebooting the system and is present despite no other programs running on the computer.

I’m still using Quark Xpress 8.5 which at this point is several versions old. However as far as I can tell this problem can occur somewhat regularly on newer versions like Quark 9 and 10 as well.


Solution! How to fix the problem with QuarkXpress not loading:

This appears to be the result of a corrupted file, probably a cache file or preferences file. As far as I can tell, I did not do anything to cause a corrupted file, but it may be that somehow Quark did not shut down correctly or maybe just experienced a bug. The solution every time this has happened to me has been to delete the local preferences and cache folder so that QuarkXpress will create a new set of preferences and reload the cache the next time you try to start it.

On Windows 7, 8, and 10 you will want to go to the following folder, copy it and make a backup of the folder somewhere like on your desktop, then delete the entire folder.

The location is: C:\Users\[YourUserName]\AppData\Local\Quark

You will want to delete that entire “Quark” directory. This removes all of your old preferences and clears the cache so keep in mind that most or all of your settings will be lost. Now try launching Quark again and hopefully it will launch successfully!

You could first try just deleting or moving some of the files in case you want to (hopefully) be able to avoid losing your settings. For example first try deleting just the folder named “PSProfileCache” and/or “PPD”. Then try launching quark to see if it worked. You may get lucky and delete the corrupted file or folder without needing to delete all of the files, thereby saving some or all of your preferences and settings.

Alternative Solutions

In case the above method didn’t work for you, here are a few other things to try:

  • Reinstall Quark
  • Update Quark
  • Delete the Windows font cache located at C:\Windows\System32\FNTCACHE.DAT
  • Reboot your computer (always try this first anyway)
  • Use windows System Restore to reload a restore point from when Quark worked
  • Uninstall or remove recent windows updates
  • Try applying new Windows updates
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