Photoshop Elements 15 changes existing metadata in set of ancestor photos

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I have a collection of scanned ancestor pictures in TIF file format with metadata that was created in Windows Explorer (right-click, view Properties, Details tab.)  The fields specified are Title, Subject, Comments, Copyright, and Tags.  I can see and edit the metadata fine within Windows Explorer.  

However, I would like to use the Photoshop Elements 15 Editor to clean up the photos, add canvas/text, and create jpg files for sharing.  But I ran into a problem.  When I used PSE 15 editor to open one of the photos and simply saved it with another file name (no editing even), PSE retained only part of the metadata - the Title, Copyright, and Tags.  PSE wiped out the Comments altogether and overwrote the Subject with a duplicate of the Title info!  

Is there some setting in the editor that I can use to retain ALL of the previous metadata?  As it now stands, this problem has brought a halt to my project.  And I don't dare edit any photo without first inspecting and capturing the existing metadata.  Any suggestions?
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Here is the link to your original post in the Elements forum:

It's important to state that you are starting from metadata entered directly in Windows Explorer. For instance, the 'comment' field is specific to the Explorer, it's not a general IPTC field as far as I know.
If you use the IPTC tools in the editor or the organizer to edit the metadata directly in the media files, my experience is that everything is kept when you 'save as', even if those data fields are not managed in the catalog.
You should be sure if the content of the fields like 'Title' and 'Subject' are the same as what is defined in the IPTC standards; maybe ask in your genealogy community.
I'll leave metadata and IPTC experts comment...