A blue screen is very rare and usually signals something very serious at the operating system level. There are challenges with Premiere Elements 8 -- but a blue screen is not one of them.
You could benefit from 2 more gigs of RAM -- but the program ought to at least open.
You don't say what operating system you're using, but it might be a good idea to go to Windows Update and get all the updates (including the optional ones), go to the Dell site and get all the firmware updates for your particular computer and load the latest Quicktime.
But something more serious that the program itself may well be at work here. Especially if your screen is just going to blue when you start the program -- before you actually do anything or add any video to it.
Thank you Steve. I was thinking the same ref the upgrade to 4 gig of memory. I'm using XP Prof Ser Pk 3. I believe I'm fairly up-to-date but will check again. Who knows, perhaps the Dell replacement RAM may have failed.
The first thing that I would do is set the OS to NOT reboot on crash. This will give you time to copy down all the info in the BSOD. Much will probably be just useless code, but there could be some important things listed there.
Next, this ARTICLE might help you find some clues, as to what is happening just before the computer crashes.
I agree that something else is going on.
Make sure that you use SetUp to change the BIOS, when you add the new RAM. Also, make sure that the new RAM matches the old RAM perfectly, and in all respects.
I found out that I can keep my PrE 7 from freezing if I'm sure to remove all other resident programs; AIM, my screen-capture;
even turning off my Symantec protection while using PrE 7 seems to help. hope that helps.