Photoshop Elements: How do I speed up Elements organizer?

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I've got about 130,000 photos and images on my computer. Opening Photoshop Elements 9.0.3 is relatively fast (Win 7 Pro, 4GB RAM, 2TB storage SATA drives). However, when working with the app, it is very slow: try to create a tag, and when I enter field info, it doesn't show up in the window; use the timeline - it lags terribly or locks up; and it takes a long time to create thumbnail images when searching the files.

Also, when attempting to edit the tag icons - nothing appears in the dialog that opens. But it did when I first installed the app last week.

I've allotted 756MB to Organizer, and it still isn't fast.
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I would suggest that you turn off auto-analysis, if that is currently on. You can do so by going to Edit>Preferences>Media Analysis, then uncheck all options.

However, 130,000 is a lot of image files. I'm sure, even in thumbnail form, they require more than 756 MB of space to process. After the first 756 MB is filled, to get to the next files, or perform the next task, that memory must be emptied and refilled. Thus the process can be slowed.

Despite the number of helper files and caches the application uses to speed up processing, it is still a 32-bit application and can only allocate so much memory.
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Thanks for the tip on Media Analysis - turned it off, restarted the app, and it jumped!

In reference to the 756MB - that's not space on the hard drive, that's how much RAM memory is allocated to Photoshop Elements Editor for use.

And the 130,000 images? That's just one grouping of photos. I have about 90GB of photos and graphics on my system - at last count.

On the 32-bit front, I'll be moving to 64-bit on the next PC I build.

Thanks again for your help.