Had a problem with Elements 8 crashing on start up and sometimes during a session.
after a long drawn out process i found the problem to be in Windows 7 , checking the resource monitor i saw that svchost.exe was taking about 40% of my CPU , which was fine until Cubase needed some ram and it tipped it to crash.
What i did was disable Windows Update @ the dll file , heres a video on how to do it , been working really well since.
( i managed to finish a project ! wow )
I think a lot of problems we get are more Windows related , it does some really weird things.