Photoshop Elements 10 : Process Mutiple Files Same as Source saving in incorrect folder

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Looking to apply the same adjustments to numerous jpeg images in numerous sub-folders and overwrite the original images.

Using the Process Multiple Files options, added the main folder (which contains no images) to the Source field, selected the Include All Subfolders tick-box, also selected the Same as Source tick-box (which warns you original files will be overwritten) and then completed the image adjustments of resize and convert to jpeg high quality.

After processing, expected the adjusted images to be saved (or have overwritten the originals) in each relevant sub-folder. However, all adjusted images seem to be saved in the main folder.
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I see the behavior you are talking about. It seems to be caused by the files being in sub-folders. Working on the folder directly (rather than the sub-folder) properly overwrites the files. I'll report this to the engineering team.
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This original complaint seems to be 6 years old, but the problem still exists in PSE 15. If I check Include all subfolders and check destination Same as source, any sane person would expect that the resulting files will really stay in their original folders, don't you agree? Please get the engineers to to something about this. It should be quite easy.

As it is, I have to repeat the process for each of hundreds of folders, instead of just starting the job from the top folder, letting me do more useful things in the time.
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Well, it's 6 years old and that post did not get any vote from other users.
Since it's clearly stated in the popup help you get for the destination choice that you should specify "Specify the folder in which to place the processed files", any sane person should expect that the result would be stored in a single folder.
In a way, the "process multiple files" commands works like the "Export as new files" Organizer command.

That said, I totally agree that expecting the files to be written in the original folder is a legitimate requirement and would be a welcome option. Whether that should be quite easy, I don't know...
I very rarely need such a feature; in that case I do use the free and very useful FastStone PhotoResizer.