Are you able to burn your DVD files to a folder on your hard drive rather than directly to a disc?
It sounds like you may have removed or corrupted your driver Premiere Elements uses to interface with your disc drive, likely having something to do with your trip to Windows 8.1 and back to Windows 8.
If so, there may be a workaround, if you can burn your DVD files to your computer's hard drive.
I can make the timeline into MPEG and Quicktime files on the harddrive, But I am trying to get them on DVD with a menu for a client.
No, that is not what Steve said... when you are ready to publish/share to a DVD, you simply select a folder on your hard drive instead of burning a DVD
That folder will contain the exact file structure and files that you would burn to a DVD, only on your hard drive
You then use a program like Imgburn (which is aware of DVD structure) to burn to the actual DVD
Read http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1322583 for notes on installing Imgburn WITHOUT any toolbar add-ons... Set Imgburn to use the slowest burn speed your drive and media will use... I set my burn speed to 1x and let Imgburn adjust to the actual minimum
How are you checking the disc when you say that there is nothing on it?
a. Are you trying to play back the DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc on a Windows 8 64 bit player? If so, which one?
b. Are you putting the DVD disc in the DVD burner tray and inspecting its contents for two folders, one named OpenDVD and another named VIDEO_TS?
As John says, we will need you to "burn" your DVD to a folder in order for us to troubleshoot your workflow.
ATR, if you can please hold off on your questions until we are able to work through this step, it would be most appreciated.