I've just spent the entire day rescuing my computer from a near-fatal error. Fortunately, our own Cujo knows this shit, and was available for consultation. Thanks to him, we're (mostly) back up and running, complete with original data. Woot!
For those of you who might be considering whether or not to register your expensive Photoshop software, do it. Especially if you're prone to believing you've put the serial number in a safe place and discovering otherwise at the wrong damned time. Normally, I don't register shit. In this case, fortunately, I broke my habits, and that is why Photoshop Elements is back up and running on this machine.
We'll be catching up on all the political nonsense I missed tomorrow. In the meantime, there's some more missing software to reinstall, custom settings to reset, a cat to catch up with, and a sadly neglected bed to visit.
Thanks for understanding, my darlings!