Just to let everyone know that it is possible to create a video with
Premiere Elements 8, I just finished burning my first DVD. After many problems I reinstalled using the Compatibility settings automatically recommended by Win 7. Then I turned off the "enable GPU" option, which was causing many display problems. While there are still some things that don't seem to work correctly, for the most part I am able to edit and create a video. I wil continue to experiment with the many possible options. I am using a laptop with intel integrated graphics updated to the latest driver, so even without the best graphics card, it worked.
Thank you to all who made suggestions that helped me.
We always love to hear the success stories, Jo! Thanks for reporting back.