Computers can be, and frequently are, persnickety. If you’re having problems with PhotoStructure or seeing error messages, you’re in the right place.
🩺 Health checks #
PhotoStructure runs health checks regularly.
If you open the About page (from the System Tray or the main navigation menu), you’ll see something like this:
If you don’t see all green checkmarks, the message should be self-explanatory. If the message is odd or confusing or doesn’t seem right, please hit the chat button, email [email protected], or ask for help on PhotoStructure’s Subreddit.
Unhealthy network shares? #
At the bottom of the About page is a list of volumes. If you turn off your NAS, or your network isn’t available, that can cause processes that try to access those volumes to get stuck.
If any volumes in the list are red, the volume is in a degraded or “unhealthy” state.
How to fix network shares on Windows #
If you’re on Windows, and you see errors in the About page, or PhotoStructure takes a while to launch, or synchronization slows down dramatically, try the following:
Step 1: Open “This PC”, by touching the Windows key, typing “This PC”, and hitting return.
Step 2: Scroll down to “Network locations.” If you have any icons in that section, they need to be green, like this:
If any of the icons look like this:
Remedy 1: Try double-clicking the icon to reconnect the drive.
Remedy 2: If that doesn’t fix it, right-click the icon, and click “Disconnect,” and reboot.
These unhealthy volumes can cause applets that PhotoStructure relies on to hang, sometimes indefinitely. PhotoStructure will properly timeout these requests, but only after tens of seconds.
Windows Firewall issues #
Seeing something like
createServer: code listen permission denied?
This error may be due to Windows Defender Firewall preventing PhotoStructure from opening a network port for either:
localhost:1807, which is used for service coordination, or
localhost:1787, the web service port used for the web-based user interface.
Most importantly: don’t disable your firewall.
If you see this window:
Allow access. It’s best if you only enable PhotoStructure for
Private networks, as those are trusted.
If you didn’t see this prompt, or you’re still seeing the error, continue reading.
Windows Firewall Troubleshooter #
The first and easiest thing to try is Microsoft’s Windows Firewall Troubleshooter. Like all software, ensure the website is from a domain that you trust (microsoft.com is OK), and run VirusTotal against the binary.
In general, try to run software as a non-Administrator. In this case, however, the troubleshooter may need to ask for elevated privileges.
The troubleshooter may ask you to re-enable services. If you’d previously disabled services like Remote Assistance, you can keep them off.
Reboot, and then try launching PhotoStructure again.
Manually configure the firewall #
If the problem persists, you’ll need to manually add a rule to allow PhotoStructure to accept inbound network traffic.
Step 1. Open the Windows Defender Firewall control panel by hitting the
windows key, typing “
firewall”, and selecting the control panel.
Note: We don’t want the app called “Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security”.
Step 2. Click
Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall in the upper left.
Step 3. Click
Change settings (if enabled)
Step 4. Click
Allow another app..., then click
Step 5. Navigate to
C:\Program Files\PhotoStructure\ and select
Step 6. Click
Add, then click
OK. Make sure the line that says
PhotoStructure has a
checkbox ticked for the Private network.
Step 7. Relaunch PhotoStructure, and the network error should be gone.
Still have problems? #
Hit the chat button, email [email protected], or ask for help on PhotoStructure’s Subreddit. We’ll set things right.