I have just purchased a new laptop with elements 9 preloaded, my old laptop has elements 8 on it, I want to move all of my files, pictures, etc. to my new laptop and maintain the albums, groups and all the info that was added or created in elements 8 to the new computer with elements 9, is this possible?
Its possible, As soon as you will install the version 9 and launch it, PSE 9 will give you the option to convert the catalog of PSE 8 to PSE 9.
Also, you can take the backup of the entire catalog from PSE 8 and restore it in PSE 9.
Please refer the following link for mor help:
Restore (Although its for version 6 but concept is same): http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/kb/backup-restore-move-catal og-photoshop.html
Use PSE8 on your old computer to backup the catalog (and media files) to an external drive, then use PSE9 on your new computer to restore from that backup. The catalog will be converted to the PSE9 version as part of the process.
See your PSE help file for more information.