I'm a bit confused with your query. You mentioned you are facing problems downloading Elements 11 and that " It also will not recognize many of my photos ". Can you please specify what " It " refers to in the previous comment? You cannot use a product without downloading and installing the product.
I did download and instal Elements 11. Towards the end of the download it said that it could not complete the download, and to reinstall later. I did this. But a large proportion of my photos appear in Organizer as an hourglass symbol, and not the photo. Is there a problem with either the program, or with Windows 8 in recognizing it? Thank you.
I would suggest rebuilding the thumbnail cache which sometimes gets corrupted.
In Organizer click the menu:
Help >> System info
This will indicate the path to your catalog. The default name is usually My Catalog but it could be different if you have more than one catalog; so carefully note the file path.
1. Close Organizer.
2. Navigate to C: ProgramData/Adobe/Elements Organizer/Catalogs/My Catalog
3. Find the file - thumb.5.cache
4. Highlight the file and delete it but don‘t empty the recycle bin (yet).
5. Re-start Elements Organizer
6. Wait until all thumbnails have been re-generated.
N.B. On Windows, the ProgramData folder may be a hidden system file - see this link, before starting, on how to reveal it:
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