Ok, just had to use the program and here is the answer to this problem I guess,
I followed the instructions for a CLEAN Install ( really didn't want to have to tinker with the registery etc BUT am I guess a little impatient.
Now my programs open right--at least so far. I think it had something to do with that left over dell oem roxio that was on it when it arrived at my door. & I told Dell not to add any software just the OS-- go figure.