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ArcMap 10.8 is getting hung up on basic joins and exporting layers - help!?

Question asked by eksing on Apr 6, 2020
Latest reply on May 3, 2020 by Dan_Patterson

I use a (not amazing but not that old) PC laptop for my map work - and literally nothing else. I know it's a heavy program, so I separate it from other work so I can continue on while processes happen. 

 

All of a sudden, arcmap is just continually not responding to basic functions starting with joins. Something that used to take about 5 minutes now takes a couple of hours, but then freezes as soon as I try to export (or import the layer) or click any other place in the map document. 

 

I have already reset my profile and even reinstalled the system, so this is something weird b/c again, I was in it and doing this work just a week ago. 

 

Can anyone help?! (also submitted a support ticket, but so far that hasn't produced anything helpful so welcome suggestions) 

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