I appreciate the condescending tone from you and whisperer but I don't run with a firewall or antivirus... never have. I do not even have antivirus installed and the windows firewall is turned off (it was off before but I confirmed that it was still off).
As I posted, I tried clicking "run as administrator". It does what I said: starts up, runs anywhere from 0.5 to 3 seconds then shuts off...
I also tried downloading another copy of it... did not change anything.
I realize a million noobs get on here and ask stupid questions but I attempted to fix this myself by reading the generic troubleshooting forum (hence the removal of IE 11 back to IE 8) and none of that worked.
Some real advice would be appreciated.