Is this a dumb question, if so I apologise, but: -
Is there no way in your Photo Software to "Import" pictures?
I have an admittedly long in the tooth copy of MS. "Picture It", which for me is a great programme. Whichever medium I use to install the pic's, (USB stick/Optical disk/SD card/camera) I have Explorer set to "View Files", then go to "Picture It Library" and click "Import". There should be a similar Library/Album setup in all Photo processing programmes, I believe, with a similar "Import" facility.
PS: Edited this to say that I too suffer the Grandfather syndrome.
My youngest g-daughter (6 next month) has just been given a camera and granddad's PC is a target now, as Big Brother will not let her touch his PC.
Gotta love 'em.