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Upgrading (XP) issues
on 21 January 2010
This proved impossible to install without purchasing "the missing manual". The supplied documentation is woefully inadequate. I have upgraded from V3 to V5 and now v8. Vital html information files are on the CD - but not visible at installation time. For example the upgrade process found an old V3 catalog and this killed any attempt to run the organiser after installation. It is mentioned as a feature in the html file. Finding and deleting the new catalog file eventually cleared the problem. Another example: I have only about 8000 files in my V5 catalog, but launching PSE caused 100% CPU on a higher than recommended processor for 45 minutes before I terminated it; page 610 of my purchased manual identified Auto-Analyser as the problem and suggests how it could be turned off through Edit-Preferences. (I later re-ran it and it monopolised the computer for several hours.)
The provided leaflet suggests you uninstall any trial version first. The joint package for Premiere and Photoshop elements only offered "Premiere" and "Photoshop Trial" on the install menu. Just carry on regardless - there is another opportunity later on!
I suggest anyone upgrading to this identifies the online forum first, buys a manual and allows a day to sort out installation issues. Avoid running it full screen until it is completely working and set up - when it freezes you have space to do research. However, the end result does look as though it could have been worth the effort.