Photoshop Elements 15 takes several minutes to load. Sticks in Scanning for Plugins

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On a powerful PC, PE 15 takes several minutes to load into editor.  Gets stuck in Scanning for Plugins.
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Hubbs Grimm

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Jack Klaber

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Is PE15 editor the only program that loads in several minutes?
In case more programs take a long time loading, it could be that your PC is having too many startup programs loaded in memory. Do you monitor your startups and registry health? I use CCleaner which does a nice job keeping your PC cleaned up. 
You say it gets stuck in Scanning for Plugins. Does it finish after these minutes of waiting this stage and loads the work place so you can edit images?

Navigate to this directory: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 13\Plug-Ins
There should be at least two files:
desktop.ini
pse_folder_plugin.ico
Plugins installed will have as extension like f.i.: .8ba

First try to move all files in this directory to a temp directory and test if the editor now loads quicker when the plugin directory is empty. If that is the case, then one or more plugins are damaged and should be removed and optionally, re-installed. 
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Thanks, Jack, for the response.
This is the only program that is slow to load.  After the the several minutes, when it seems to be doing nothing (looking at the Task Manager), it all of a sudden comes up and I can edit images.  I checked for those files and they are there, and there are no plugins installed.

One thing I have now noticed that may provide a clue, is that if I do File | Open recently edited file, it does not show the files I have recently edited.  It is just a bunch of files that I edited months ago, and it does not change.  So wherever the list of recently edited files is stored may be messed up.  But is is showing 20 files.
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Jack Klaber

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  1. Try the remove files from plug-in directory as mentioned above and start the editor with an empty plugin directory.
  2. What happen if you open the Organizer, select an image and then hit the Ctrl-I keys? It should load the image into the editor. Does this also takes a long time?
  3. If all fail, I'm afraid you'll have to re-install the complete program. In that case uninstall it using the Windows uninstall feature. Then clean the registry thoroughly with, f.i. CCleaner, reboot your PC and reinstall the program. I know it's a hassle, but it should solve the problem. 
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There is a well-known bug in Elements 15 for the 'open recently edited file' list. It has only been corrected in Elements 2018. There is a partial workaround which lets you store 100 recent file, then you start again for another 100 and so on.
https://forums.adobe.com/message/9859743#9859743
Nothing to do with the slowness you have now.