Unfortunately earlier this year my system crashed and since it was some 12 yrs old I bought a new one with W10.
As much as I'd like to I cannot afford CDraw graphics suite 2017 x64 W10 version and even if I did I've been told by Corel support that my present .CDR files (XP) are not compatible with W10 ver. CRGS2017.
So, having only XP ver CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.0. I am hoping that someone has come up with a way to install a working XP ver. in W10.
Mine worked fine when it was first installed and I noticed no difference or problems. Then there was a Makers Update a few months ago to Win 10 and that pretty much killed it...I can get it going for a short while but then it stops working. Like you I refuse to pay the price for the latest version so am looking for any fixes or older versions that will work on a Win10 system
Maybe you have done this already, but, I'm wondering if the old version is uninstalled then reinstalled, if it would be more compatible with 10. I couldn't afford the new version to start with and didn't want it when Corel help told me that the W10 CDraw version wouldn't open my XP CDraw .cdr files.So I didn't want it but, for the heck of it I emailed 5 XP ver. .cdr files, each with different things on them, to an acquaintance, to see if she could open them with her W10 CDraw version. She had no problem opening them and nothing was missing or not working in the work space. Layers were all there and tools were functioning and she could add and remove lines, symbols and text, and all the layers kept their information, which, I guess is good to know, if I can ever afford to get the the W10 ver. Unfortunately, I don't think that's ever going to happen.
So, reinstalling the old version, may clear up the problems your coming up against but another update may start the same problem again.. For me I was able to resurrected my old PC and reinstalled XP and the CDraw XP ver. so I can at least keep working on my drawings, etc.
I'm with you on the price of the latest version...too rich for my blood as I don't use it that often. Good to know that the newer version will open the older stuff...had some worries about that. Unfortunately mine quit working in the middle of a project and I did the same as you, I reverted to an old laptop running Win Vista so I could finish. Alas...that laptop is on its last legs and has some instability problems but I have another older desktop running the same thing so I think I will be alright for now. I looked at picking up the X8 Home and Student version but it lacks the capabilities to work with AutoCad formats so that's a no go. I will see if deleting and reinstalling on my Win 10 machine will work, sure cant hurt anything...we just had an update to Win 10 so maybe it will be stable for a while. I cant find it now but had read on here a few months ago there were a lot of compatibility issues between CD 12 and Win 10 and it would probably only get worse with more Win 10 updates. Guess it pays to hang on to an old machine to use old software!