Is the SSD the Local Disk C for your computer? And, did you install Premiere Elements 13 to the default which is the Local Disk C?
Have you updated 13 to 13.1 yet using an opened project's Help Menu/Updates. If not, please do so.
What is your computer operating system?
Please look at the exports (file saved to the computer hard drive and burn to disc products) with and with out the Intel HD Graphics 2000 and Higher preference disabled. See Edit Menu/Preferences/General and that preference at that location.
If export to file saved to the computer hard drive, what is the estimation file size and duration of the export?
If export is burn to disc, what does the Quality area of the burn dialog show for Space Required and Bitrate when
the disc is in the burner tray? At this point, are you dealing with only export to file saved to computer hard drive?
Let us start here and then decide what next.
Updated. Hadn't done that. I assumed it would download the most recent version automatically. Unfortunately it didn't solve the problem. Initial CPU usage dropped from 30% to about 28% but it just redlined at the same progress as before.
The SSD is the default C drive yes, and Premiere is installed on it. Operating system is Windows 8.1 (with classic shell, if it matters).
Estimated output file size is 537.81MB. Duration is 37min, 51.51sec. And I'm only exporting to hard drive.
I would look at the results of the export but that would require the process finishing. Twice, in fact. And since the estimated completion time is ever increasing (it was over an hour by around 17%, up from 20 minutes at the start), there's not much chance of me doing that unless absolutely necessary. It'd take up most of my day at the rate it was going.
As a test to see if it was something to do with the custom output format I tried in the Youtube HD format. That maxed out my CPU immediately but maintained estimated completion time of about 20 minutes. Not exactly an ideal solution though. I don't want to lock up my computer for the several hours it takes to export footage.
Thanks for your help in advance!