Will Premiere Elements 10 projects work in Premiere Elements 11?

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I'm asking because i have just made 3 video projects of my baby's first 3 years in Premiere Elements 10 on Windows 7. I want to buy a new Windows 8 PC soon. Can i just buy the new Premiere Elements 11 and install that on my new Windows 8 PC and use it to open my projects, or would there be compatibility problems and therfore should i just try and install my normal Premiere Elements 10 on the new Windows 8 PC?

Thanks for your help.
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paul beckwith

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Satish Ramakrishnan, Employee

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Hi Paul,
Let us look at two scenarios:
1. Installing Premiere Elements 11 on the same machine as Premiere Elements 10.
2. Installing Premiere Elements 11 on a different machine as Premiere Elements 10.

For Scenario 1: What you need to open a project is the prel file (project file) alone. The prel file created in Premiere Elements 10 will open just right in Premiere Elements 11. The suggested step is to create a copy of the project file, and use the copy for working within Premiere Elements 11.

For Scenario 2: Use Project Archiver. This is an option that copies everything, including the data used in the project into a folder that can be used to open the projects. So this does create a copy of the data that already will be available on your machine. Look for the space estimated in the Project archiver window and ensure you have the required space.

1. Save the project
2. Go to File -> Project Archiver
3. Choose "Archive" or "Copy" option (Archive copies the content used in the timeline/sceneline, and Copy option copies everything within the project bin. So in general, file size of "Archive"d project is more than those of "Copy"d project). Archive should do for most use cases.
4. Once the folder is created (from one of the two options, look for the *.prel file in it and create a copy of it. (Just an added safety step, not necessary though)
5. Copy the Archived folder to the next machine and install Premiere Elements 11 and chose the "Open Project" option and point to the *.prel within the just transferred folder.

You do not need to install Premiere Elements 10 to start using Premiere Elements 11 on the newer machine. Premiere Elements 11 is compatible with Windows 8.

Let me know if any of this is not clear.