Your catalog is deliberately stored separately from the PSE program files, so that you can uninstall/reinstall without losing all your work. You can either delete the catalog from File>Catalog>Remove, or do it manually. Look at Help>System Info in the organizer to find the file path.
Thanks so much for the response. So, Help/System Info says that the catalog is here:
Catalog Location: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\Elements Organizer\Catalogs\My Catalog\
but no such file appaers to exist. In fact, I can only get as far as All Users. Then there is no directory under that called "Application Data".
i'm still seeing the thumbnails when I got into Elements tho'.... :-(
WAIT!!! My mistkae. It's a hidden file... when I searched for it with the "Look for hidden files" option on, I found it. I've deleted and it looks like that did the trick!!! Thanks!
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that you need to enable hidden file viewing. Glad you found it.
Great -- thanks -- that did the trick!!!
now -- you don't have any idea why and from where I'm getting these random duplicate photos, do you? ;-)
I have just loaded Elements 9 after "removing" Elements 8 and on opening Organiser I was surprised to find I already had a Catalog. I guess your instructions apply to Windows XP. I am using Windows 7. I have found AppData, Local, Local, and Roaming. and turned off the "hidden" check in properties and have found Adobe Elements and Organiser in Roaming - but no catalog. Any suggestions as how to proceed would be most helpful
Go to Help>System Info. That applies to all versions of PSE, mac or windows, any version of either operating system. You need to enable hidden file viewing system wide to find the catalog file. Just turning it on for that file won't help, since the directory it's usually in is hidden by default (a visible file in a hidden folder is still hidden, for most purposes).
Eventually, following your lead, I went to C:\Program Data and under
Properties General removed the Tick from the hidden box. After the
attributes had been reset for each sub-folder I went to C:\Program
Data\Adobe\Elements Organiser and found two files My Catalog and My
Catalog 1, presumably from Elements 8 and Elements 9 and Deleted both.
Success at last!!!