What computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 8 running on?
1. Are you running the program as the 8.0.1 Update.
You can install the following with the program closed.
2. Have you disabled the automatic Background Rendering and AutoAnalzyer features?
See Premiere Elements Editor workspace Edit Menu/Preferences/General and the Background Rendering option.
See Elements Organizer workspace Edit Menu/Preferences/AutoAnalzyer Options and disable the AutoAnalzyer options.
3. Does the problem exist with or without the antivirus and firewall(s) disabled?
4. Are you working with a pen and tablet device or a mouse?
5. Are you have problems creating a new project as well as trying to open one that you have worked on and then
saved closed it?
Please review and consider the above.
If any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to ask.