So, after just reading through some more of the earlier comments, it appears that there are other people who are having issues with programs when trying to use them with Windows 7. And they worked well on the OS that they had previously....amazing. Maybe it is NOT the operators after all. Or maybe not all of us are as computer savvy as some of the contributors to this forum. And in reply to the luna who suggested not using Windows 7...you got it in one. I certainly will not be using it when this computer gives up the ghost like the previous one did. As I said, there is always the library and college and they have computers which are free to use.