I've been using Premiere Elements 2018 for the past two years and yesterday after I clicked on the program a box requiring me to sign in is in the way of me using the software. Why? I can't use the product I paid for because of what? I reluctantly sign in and agree to some "new terms and conditions" and then still can't use my program. Next, I'm asked if I want to start a free 30 day trial? If anyone knows what the deal is I'd really appreciate it. Thanks
If it's Windows, try this. Set your File Explorer to Show All Files and go to Users/[yourname]/AppData/Local/Adobe and change the folder named OOBE to OOBE-old, then try starting your program as an Administrator.
If that doesn't work, change the file's name back.
Adobe support helped me sort it out. Apparently, unlike other products, software is something that can later be hijacked by the company it was purchased it from. I was under the impression I owned the software outright forever but I learned that occasionally Adobe will be shaking me down for my proof of ownership. The nice lady from Adobe who helped me out said I was lucky to have registered my purchase otherwise I would have lost the ability to use the software. It was like buying a car and then the dealership I bought it from puts a parking boot on the car on a Saturday afternoon, two years after the original purchase and to add insult to injury the dealership can't be reached until Monday morning.
I'm glad they politely helped me fix things but overall being shut out of my projects over the weekend for no good reason was a very bad Adobe experience.