What version of Elements do you have? How many files have you imported into your catalog? It can take a long time for the media analysis to take place, and this can interfere with the operation of the Organizer and the Editor. (Do you have the Editor running or are you possibly seeing the Home Screen running in Task Manager?) How many Auto Creations have been generated? If you do not have 40, this could be taking up a lot of resources. Try turning this feature off and see whether it makes a difference.