Elements 18: How to install it correctly without conflict with prior versions

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I have PSE 15 on my PC/Windows 10.  I also currently have PSE 18 (the trial version) on the same machine.  I have read many 'horror stories' about folks trying to upgrade/re-import their old catalogs.  So, I was wondering if you all could look at the sequence I am trying to do and see if it looks OK (it is below my sig) or If it can be improved on, please tell me.  Thank you.  Dean

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1.  Make back-up of the catalogs on my older versions of PSE.
2.  Know where I put those back ups and what their names are.
3.  Before I install PSE18, put the above back-ups in a safe place (ie. an external hard drive).
4.  Use the Adobe cleaner tool to uninstall my old versions of PSE.
5.  Install PSE18.
6.  Have it import my catalogs (from step 3).
7.  When PSE 18 is done installing my catalogs --- make a new catalog with the newly installed PSE18.

Is that how the sequence 'should' go?
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Please reconsider two different needs and processes.

1 - backup and restore
2 - catalogs conversion

To be very simple:  you backup and restore to move to another computer (or drive). That saves both your current catalog and the media files in that catalog. The backup creates typically a backup folder on an external drive and you restore the catalog and the image file tree where you want.

You convert catalogs when you install a new version of Elements in the same computer.  Nothing is changed in your media files tree. The older catalog is just renamed with a -1 suffix and is still recognized by the older Organizer version. That catalog is converted to the new format with the same folder name as before. The conversion is automatically prompted to you when you install the new version, or whenever you want afterwards.  You can convert again if needed.

Tips: 
- catalogs are folders. Find them with the menu Help >> System Info.
- You can use the Explorer or Finder to copy or move the catalogs. That may be an additional 'backup' for just the catalog without the image files.
- Download the pdf manual and ask for more details if needed:

https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/user-guide.html

Your other post in the Elements user to user forum 

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2522747


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Thank you very much Michael.  I will study your post and get back to you on it.

Are the two forums linked/connected in some way?  The reason I ask is because I cannot post on the other forum any more.  I'm going to try a different PC, with a different browser and see if that helps.

Thanks again.

Dean
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2082581

That old faq explains the differences in both forums.
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