Have created new shortcuts from exe files without sucess. To re-launch I have to run Tak Manager and stop the PSE program from running in the background. I understand from a variety of sources that a 'ghost' copy of the file is remaining in use, but unable to restore original sttings.
Probably restarting your system will kill any such exe? Please try that and let us know if that doesn't help.
Ideally, if running, PhotoshopElementsEditor.exe or PhotoshopElementsOrganizer.exe should show up in Task Manager. If you are trying to launch organizer, try killing the following exes as well-
Adobe Photoshop File Agent
I have tried your solution and once PSE was ended via MS Task Manager, the other exes did not show up as running in the background. I did encounter this sort of problem a year or so ago when old PSE 9 files affected how the new PSE 10 worked.
All I would like to do is to get a clean instalation and be able to re-launch PSE as and when required. Will uninstalling thne reinstalling to cure the problem?