Where did you come up with the workaround to rename the ExporterAVI.prm? Was that from a contact with Adobe Chat or T/S?
If you do not rename the plugin and start the program, when does the program crash....during editing or just hitting new project?
*** SOLVED ***
Thank you all, I finally solved the problem. A broken Codec caused ExporterAVI to crash upon start up of Premiere. Renaming the plugin solved that crash but of course disabled AVI as file format for saving. The codec is from "Matrox", I have no idea why or how it got installed. I used an application called G Spot to inspect codecs, but G Sport reported an error when loading codecs (time out). G Spot is well behaved reporting a time out, Premiere just crashes, that's the difference.
Anyway, after removing the broken codec, I could enable ExporterAVI again. Then also the project setting for DV files became available, which obviously depend on the ExporterAVI plugin to be loaded.
Congratualtions on finding the solution to your problem. Great job.
Your follow up is important for consideration by others in a similar situation. Problems with the same symptoms can (often do) have different causes, but the body of information on a topic helps us all to advance on our issues and resolve them.
Many thanks. Continued success.