Make sure yoou've got the latest Windows Updates. Go to Windows Update manually and click Custom to get even the non-critical updates. Also download the latest version of Quicktime.
Also, run a program to clean your registry and clear your temp files. CCleaner and Advanced System Care will do this, and both are free. Then ensure you've given your C drive a good defragmenting.
You're at the lower end of processor and RAM requirements to run this program, but you've certainly got enough power and hard drive space to at least install and open the program! You've got something goofy going on. It's just not obvious what!
Thanks for the suggestions. I've been a programmer for over 25 years
and have quite a bit of experience digging out of Windows stupidity...
so yes, registry "cleaners" are all
well and good, and I've run a few now and then but they solve problems
very very infrequently, in fact. And defragging is a good idea too, but
again, a fragmented disk generally
will not be the single source of a failure, certainly like this one. No
offense, but all of this really doesn't do much towards getting to the
root of the problem... and I realize, you're
taking your time and making your best effort to help folks like me, and
for that I salute you... you have the patience of Job in answering twit
problems like mine.
My experience is that a problem like this generally is caused by some
incredibly opaque set of conditions: Like you have version 3.014 of
CoolEdit installed, and you also have
version 2.894 of Dr. Image running in the background, and, oh, yeah, you
have your system set to not use Messenger and you have the latest
version of Skype running. I guess I was just
hoping that someone else would have noticed this problem and had
discovered at least his particularly odd set of circumstances which
could have led me to a solution.
But cleaning, defraggring, updating, all of that, generally doesn't
solve most problems, at least in my experience, unless you happen to run
across that one critical update that makes or
breaks your app.
Just my 2 cents... I'm just this far from biting the bullet and
converting everything to 7.
Since you seem to have good knowledge of the OS, registry and stuff, try digging into the installer log file of Premiere Elements.
If possible upload this for us to see as well.
You can find 'Pre8.log" file at the temp folder. (type %temp% on the run to reach to this location)
That was my first thought; unfortunately, apparently things never get
that far, as there is no such log file present... so it never really