Here is a workaround:
When you launch Organizer, press the Shift key during launch. it will open the Catalog manager dialog. Create a new catalog (say DUMMY). it will now open the Organizer in this catalog. As it does not have any image, it wont search for any image. turn off media-analysis as told by 99jon.
Then switch back to your previous catalog using option File>> Manage Catalogs.
I did as instructed, the problem is that I created the dummy catalog (new pictures imported) and when I tried the file >>manage catalog the same problem ... could not access the program stuck in people recognition.
ok, I repeated the instructions and now I have dummy with photos and dummy 1 without photos - what should I do next ... I unchecked everything in media analysis - how do I put everything into one catalog?
Now go to File >> Manage Catalogs. There select the earlier catalog you used to use. If its showing your Elements 8 catalog, it's best to use that one.
Then as you don't need dummy and dummy1 catalogs, single click on them and press Delete.
When I go to file>>manage catalogs I selected original catalog and open I am still getting the people recognition stall, is it because in that catalog I can not get to the media analysis to shut off people recognition. Can I just delete? I still have elements 8 on my computer? Should I uninstall and reinstall? This is very annoying but I appreciate your time and help.
Well I did not know if this preference is catalog specific.
Do you need your earlier catalog? Or you can start over again with a fresh catalog?
Before installing I want to make sure it's a media analysis issue.
Can you please make a catalog again (say dummy) and then before importing any image, turn off all the options in Media Analysis. Then import some images, ans see if it let you use Organizer?
I removed dummy and dummy 1 from initial instructions, turned off all options in media analysis - imported 6 photos into the new catalog as you suggested and did a quick fix in the editor and was able to return to the organizer. I did not remove the original catalog that is giving me problems - if I remove them can I reinstall from elements 8?
No dont delete that catalog. Now we know it's the Media Analysis issue.
I am suggesting you one workaround. Open that catalog, your original one. Let the Organizer hang.
Open the Task Manager, in the processes tab you will find ElementsAutoAnalyzer.exe running. Right click on it and End that process. Now may be after 1-2 minute you will find Organizer running fine.
If it is, uncheck those options in this catalog.
I am so sorry but once I open that original catalog the people recognition pops up and I cant do a thing, it instantly stalls out ... "photoshop elements has stopped working" ... I am going to uninstall and start over. Thanks for all your efforts and hopefully I wont be back.
No luck. I uninstalled the program and reinstalled, tried your recommendations but it just instantly goes to people recognition and stalls at 6 seconds. Thank you for asking. I am going to try again later, will keep you posted or ask for help. Thanks
Done please do give this a try as well:
On Welcome Screen hold down the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys and click Organize. Keep holding down the keys until you see the Catalog window. Select your faulty catalog and click Repair. Select “repair anyway” even if PSE doesn’t find problems.
Then for good measure, click Optimize.