Photoshop Elements: Lost in black and white

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I just purchased a scanner that included a copy of PSE6 (which I now know is out of date). I have enjoyed learning this program, but have come across a problem that I do not understand. I am trying to color some old black and white pictures that I have scanned. According to some instructions I have read, after making selection I need an hue/saturation adjustment layer. However, this option is greyed out. I then tried to make a background layer and fill it with color. Background and foreground will not change from black and white. In fact, anything regarding color is greyed out. I am running Windows 7. Any ideas on how to get around this would be appreciated. (This problem only happens with black and white pictures)
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If you scanned in a grayscale or bitmap (Black and White only) document, then color based adjustments (like Hue/Saturation) will be disabled because they cannot work with a purely gray document.

After scanning the gray document, you can change the mode to RGB - and then have all the color options available.