Elements 11 - Are tags and categories saved with the photos when a full back up has been done to an external drive?

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Are tags and categories saved with the photos when a full back up has been done to an external drive(PSE 11)?
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Nicki Bevins

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Your tags and categories are saved in your catalog. The catalog does not contain your images, only links to the real location of your files on your drives. The backup process in Elements stores everything necessary to restore your picture files AND your catalogs in a backup folder: renamed copies of all your image files and everything necessary in your catalog. The restore process lets you restore everything either on the original location or on a different computer or drive, while keeping the links in the database updated to the new location.
If you use a newer Elements version to restore, the restore process will also automatically convert the catalog to the new catalog format.
If you install a newer version of Elements on the same computer, you don't need the backup and restore process, you can simply convert your old catalog to the new format. A new catalog will be created with links to the location of your files on your computer.
By default, keywords are only stored in the catalogs, but you can decide to also write them to the media files themselves (menu File >> write metadata to files). That is an additional safety step or a way to share your keywords with other softwares, but dealing with keywords and categories in a catalog is so much faster...
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Sounds good.  Thank you that was helpful.  I've read that PSE 11 can be problematic with Windows 10.  That's the operating system I'll be using on my new PC. Do you know if that is true?

Or is it just wise to upgrade to the newest version 14?

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There can be problems for older versions installed on Windows 10, but generally you can solve them. In my case, I did install the Windows 10 update to a Win 8.1 version with PSE13 already installed. PSE13 worked fine after the update, so did PSE14 when it was available. I then reinstalled older versions to test them: PSE 12, 10 and 6. All worked well with Windows 10.
What I would do in your case:
- do a full backup on a folder of an external drive
- reinstall PSE11 on the new computer (you are allowed two 'activations')
- test PSE11 and restore to the new computer.
- you can install the  PSE14 trial version to test it. In the install process the PSE11 catalog will be converted. If you are happy with PSE14 you buy it and simply enter the license key to validate your trial version.
- It's a good idea to keep both PSE11 and PSE14 together because some features are missing or different in PSE14.
- If you don't want to use your old computer, use the Help menu to 'deactivate' the license and free it for a possible installation on another computer.