Have you been running the program from the 9.0.1 Update?
Assuming yes, let us try flushing the preferences
In Windows 7 64 bit
Local Disk C
and in the 9.0 Folder is the Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file that you delete. If that does not work, then delete the whole 9.0 Folder in which the Adobe Premiere Prefs files exists.
Have the Folder Options Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drivers active so that you can see the path described.
Did Premiere Elements 9 come as a pre-install on your computer? Do you have an installation disc or installation files for this product?
Please let us know the results.
Thank you ATR, that was very helpful and has partly solved or at least give another pointer.
Deleting the whole folder 9.0 works for one time if I am opening a new project.
Once opened I have full functionality accross all menu items and clips and timeline etc are all in place.
If I close that windo and try again I am back to no functional workspace.
Is there a setting that stops the pref file being generated?
I have updated to 9.03 and bought and loaded the software myself, not preloaded.
Thanks for the update.
The Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file will continue to be regenerated.
A just in case note...Premiere Elements 9 should be run as the 9.0.1 Update which can be accessed via Help Menu/Updates (if that is available under the circumstances) or from an online download (do not even need Premiere Elements opened for doing)
Since you wrote "....updated to 9.03...", I thought that I had better ask in case that was not a typing matter.
Things to consider, rule in or out....
a. Double check to make sure that your video card driver is up to date according to the information at the web site of the manufacturer of the card.
b. A while back there were two Premiere Elements "strange looking" workspaces. We had them doing the video card driver update drill. What that turned out to be was the use of the High Contrast Themes in Windows 7. As I recall, a switch to Basic took care of the issue for both. Any chance that could be involved in your case?
Please review the above and let us know if any of it had impact on your present situation.
Thanks again for the follow up.