So I have both Cubase Elements 8 and 9, and was constantly frustrated with the program freezing when I did an Export Mixdown in Elements 8 - this required closing Cubase in the Windows task manager.
I have seen other reports of this around, but usually in reference to only happening when something else in particular was running (Loopmash, etc).
This happens to me with NOTHING special running.
So I upgraded to Cubase Elements 9 in an effort to escape this problem…
AND IT’S STILL THERE.