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Jim D 45
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Premiere Elements 8 won't launch anymore

Dec 30, 2012 2:27 PM

Tags: #crash #windows_7 #elements #premiere_elements

I have read a lot about this issue but I still can't launch Premiere Elements 8.  I have used it many times successfully, but had some trouble with my computer recently and now PRE8 won't launch.  Here is the system information.  I think it is adequate.


OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

Other OS Description  Not Available

OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

System Manufacturer Dell Inc.

System Model Studio XPS 8100

System Type x64-based PC

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU         870  @ 2.93GHz, 2934 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A05, 7/8/2010

SMBIOS Version 2.6

Windows Directory C:\Windows

System Directory C:\Windows\system32

Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB

Total Physical Memory 7.96 GB

Available Physical Memory 5.33 GB

Total Virtual Memory 15.9 GB

Available Virtual Memory 12.9 GB

Page File Space 7.96 GB

Page File C:\pagefile.sys


Size 1.35 TB (1,481,738,547,200 bytes)

Free Space 1.18 TB (1,302,131,064,832 bytes)


My video card is


ATI Radeon HD 5700 v 8.850.0.0


I believe I loaded the most recent driver.


I had problems with my catalyst control center and reloaded it.


Unfortunately I see there is an update 8.0.1 for PRE8

I downloaded this, but I am unable to open and install it on my machine.  I'm not sure why not, because i was able to install the catalyst control center and windows updates.


I have tried numerous suggestions that I have seen in the forums with no luck.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 2:46 PM   in reply to Jim D 45

    If it used to work and now doesn't, the first question to ask yourself is, What has changed?


    You have plenty of disc space, which I assume you keep clean. You don't mention other software you have installed on your computer, but that is also something to consider.


    Meantime, do consider the fact that version 8 was one of Adobe's clunkiest models. (In fact, the update they released a month after its release was to catch a bunch of bugs they didn't fix before they released it.) An upgrade to version 9 or, better, version 11 will likely resolve most of your problems.


    But if you're intent on using version 8, you'll need to figure out what loaded onto your computer in between when it did work and when it stopped.

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