Using PSElements15 on Windows10. Can't reconnect photos, OneDrive

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Using PSElements15 on Windows10. Moved my photos to OneDrive, with the "always available on this device" option. When attempting to reconnect catalog photos to the new location, the progress bar gets to about 99% and then says it can't do it. Says the file name already exists in the catalog. In addition, PSE organizer is very very slow. I think it's trying to make a bunch of connections or search faces or something. As it is, this organizer is worthless. I've been a PSE user from about version 2. Google, here I come.
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Roger,The idea to use OneDrive (or Dropbox or similar) is to take advantage of the ability of the organizer to manage files on your internal drive (not in the Cloud or a network) and the ability of OneDrive to synchronize your files to the Cloud. Those services suppose you keep your OneDrive or DropBox folders on your computer internal (or even external) drive. Your catalogs holds links to your computer files, not to the location on the Cloud. OneDrive manages the sync to the Cloud as a background task. That needs time for a big library even if you have a very fast download or upload speed to the Cloud.
What did you expect to achieve with 'moving' files to OneDrive?
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I want to be able to access files from multiple devices, but I also want to do my primary editing and organizing from my pc, for which all of the applicable files/folders have already been synced, and the files reside on my pc.  OneDrive syncs to the cloud.  In Windows File Manager this is now working fine.  But not so in Elements Organizer.
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I might add that in the "folders" view of Elements, the photos are accessible, but the albums are not functioning.  Maybe I should just delete the albums and start over, if Elements can ever get past it's startup tasks.
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You are using OneDrive with the Organizer as expected, so your issues may not not be related with using the OneDrive folder. What I don't understand is:
When attempting to reconnect catalog photos to the new location, the progress bar gets to about 99% and then says it can't do it. Says the file name already exists in the catalog.

Why do you need to reconnect catalog photos?  That's not necessary if you manage your files from within the catalog of your main device.  Maybe you want to manage a catalog on a second computer?  You can't use a shared catalog on the Cloud or on a network. If you sync a catalog folder as well as your image files, you'll get a another catalog folder on the second device, but all files will be shown as missing, since the real drive identification in the database is the original drive. If you try to import from the second device catalog, the files will all already be in the catalog... but with the wrong location. That's a scenarion that could explain your organizer messages.
For the slowness issues, they can exist for various reasons independently from OneDrive.
I do use shared libraries on both OneDrive and DropBox, but they are only small subsets of my whole library.  That works pretty well for my needs.- I don't try to share catalogs for the above reasons- I leave OneDrive or Dropbox sync completely before changing device.- I don't use those services for backups, I use external drives.
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When I try to open a photo from an album, I  get the error message regarding missing file.  When I open a file from the folders (left side menu), it works fine. (Other than the slowness, so the editor doesn't open.)

On the lower right, it says it's analyzing faces, 28% complete.  Is there a way to over-ride that task? 
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On the lower right, it says it's analyzing faces, 28% complete.  Is there a way to over-ride that task?
Menu Edit >> Preferences >> media analysis.

Uncheck media analysis and and reinit the face recognition analysis.

When I try to open a photo from an album, I  get the error message regarding missing file.  When I open a file from the folders (left side menu), it works fine.
The location of the file as shown in the organizer is different than the real one (including drive identification by its serial name).
What can be specific to using OneDrive may be that you have a working library and catalog stored within the OneDrive folder. You sync both from the Cloud to another computer.  The synced catalog will have links to the files in the original computer, not in the synced one. That's just a supposition, but I don't know what you did exactly before the files were shown as 'missing'.
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Thanks for the suggestions.  However, the organizer is apparently thinking, so most menu items don't respond.  Thus, I can't edit the preferences yet.  Now 31% done analyzing faces.  Apparently, my machine is much slower than on NCIS.  
As to your diagnosis, it's not helpful.  At this stage, I'm only using one computer.  This problem may go back to a year ago when I had a failure and bought a new computer.  Bought PSE15 and installed it, and imported the catalog, after restoring all of the files from backup.  More recently, I decided to use OneDrive more completely, since I was paying for it.  So I moved the photo folders from a local folder to OneDrive, designating the sync status of "always on this computer".
Maybe if the organizer ever lets me use menus again, I'll delete the albums that aren't working and start over again.  I've set folders and albums so they are mostly the same.  
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Or maybe I'll just put Adobe in my rear view mirror.