Elements: How do I move application and catalog from old (bad mobo) PC to new PC?

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Replaced my PC with new one after mobo failed. I have old drive in SATA to USB box and 90% of photos on WD external drive. Not clear on best approach to install new SW and capture photos with pain staking tags. Any suggests or steps to take to get photo shop elements 11 up and running on my new PC?
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I would review this help documentation:

Use Backup, Restore to move catalog | Organizer | Elements 6 or later: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elem...
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Jeffery, Thanks so much for the article link. It had excellent instructions but I could not get the catalog to restore. I was able to select restore from HD (external HD "my passport" on Drive G:), I selected New Location C:my pictures, Restore original folder location. When I selected restore, a dialog box appeared stating incremental backup and would require 8 disc. This is not true, the backups where done only on WD my passport external drive. After restoring the external drive file BACKUP another dialog window appeared and stated to select next file to restore. If I selected cancel no catalog was restored or visible in Photoshop elements 11. So sorry for another question but I am truly stuck on what to try next. Any other tips, references that may help me. I have hours and hours into organizing and tagging every digital photo I ever took.
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Did you create the backup in Photoshop Elements Organizer before the other computer failed? Or are the image files simply stored on the external WD drive and you have the catalog file on your now SATA/USB drive? If the latter, you won't do a catalog restore. The steps above are more for folks who have everything on one computer (i.e. the internal hard drive) and need to change things to move it to the other computer. With everything already moved over to the new computer, you just have to make sure that the drive letters are the same. Specifically, make sure the WD external drive has the same drive letter as before (E: for example). Then simply have the Organizer open the same catalog from the SATA/USB drive. You can also move the catalog from the SATA/USB drive to the internal drive on the new computer and open it from there. For information on the catalog file (where it is stored and so on), see: http://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organ... (the location displayed in the screen shot is the default location, simply replace "Adobe" with your user name).
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Brett,
No, "make sure the WD external drive has the same drive letter as before" won't work, The catalogs identifies the path with two values : the folder path, as you mention, but also with the serial number of the drive. Which means that all your pictures will appear as 'disconnected'. (I also assume your catalog is still on the default location on your original drive).
So, in your situation, you can:
- use the reconnect function in the organizer. http://psekb.blogspot.in/2013/03/how-...
Not an easy and quick task.
- use Windows to reassign the original drive serial number to the new one, but you probably don't know it...
More on this in the help file of psedbtools by John R Ellis : http://www.johnrellis.com/psedbtool/#...
- for advanced users acquainted with databases and sql, you can edit a copy of the catalog database.
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Why would the drive serial number change just because they switched to a new computer? It shouldn't.
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OK, now that I've pretty much certified I don't know what I'm doing let me see if I can back this question up to basics. I have my old hard drive in a SATA to USB box acting like an external HD, I have a PSE 8 back-up of my photo collection and catalog on a WD external drive. I am unable to open PSE 8 due to serial number invalid on original drive. I know you can have two versions of PSE on one PC (PSE 8 and PSE 11 new install). Also I notice on the dozens of tutorials and help docs that I should be able to move and convert PSE8 catalog to PSE 11. 1) why can't I open original PSE on old pc HD? 2.) Why don't I see in Adobe File a file named catalog. I've spent so much time on this project. I'm ready to rebuild all my photo categories again and re-tag them with the dozen or so per picture and I still think I will come out ahead! Thanks for trying to resolve my problem. I've been working on computers since 1984 and have supported and dabble on most OS since including database hacking to create custom reports. But I am truly puzzled by this simple task.
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1.) You can't open the old version of PSE8 on the new computer because it was installed on the old computer and is not configured to work with the new computer (even though all of the files are there, there are no registry entries on the new system). You'll have to reinstall it (on the old drive or the new, it doesn't matter). But you'll also want to delete the application folder (none of your personal files are kept in there). 

2.) Adobe is the sample name used on the computer demonstrating this feature. On your computer the name of the folder could literally be anything, it is whatever you used as the user name on that computer. If you did not set up your user account and simply used whatever the manufacturer created for you, it may be something like "Owner". Ignore the folders called Administrators and Default.