It will be difficult to match up the XP catalog with the new platform as the XP file paths will contain “Documents & Settings My Pictures etc” whereas W7 & W8 has Libraries.
It’s best to use backup & restore, which means copying the database and all the photos from PSE10 on the old machine and then using restore to a custom location on the W8 machine.
See this link for further information which works with PSE6 and later versions:
After a major upgrade of my pc I temporarily have PSE (10) on a drive running on an XP platform, with all my photos on a separate "data-drive".
Question: How can I best make programme and files work together on my new Win8.1-platform/drive without loss of data? In short: Where do I start, and how do I proceed? Can I simply install PSE on my 8.1 drive and then connect it to my PSE catalog, and if so: how?
If your media files are already on an external drive, the question is where is your catalog? It can be on the default location on your internal drive, or it can be in the external drive if you have already moved it there.
In the last case, you simply plug in your external drive to the Win8 PC, install PSE10, and from the organizer you use the catalog manager to browse to the custom location of your catalog : the folder containing the catalog.pse10db file. You can also double click on that file to open the organizer with your catalog.
If you have PSE11 or 12, you'll have to use the organizer menu to convert the catalog to the new format.
If you are in the usual default location of your catalog in the old internal drive, locate it via the menu Help / System info. Copy the whole folder containing the catalog to the external drive, just under the root letter, not inside a folder containing your image files. Once you have copied it, see above.
Of course, doing a full backup is always a good idea.
Note that when you have recovered the catalog in the new PC, the catalog and images are shared between both PCs. Both can access your catalog. If you are not interested to share your catalog, you might prefer to move or copy the catalog back to the default location on the internal drive of your new PC. You'll have more speed. The organizer catalog manager has the option to move the catalog back to the default location.
Thank you for the advice.
So I'll simply take a new backup of My Catalog on XP, install PSE on Win8
and copy back the backed up data.
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