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I am not able to open the "williams sonoma guide to good cooking" program. when I click "run" it just blinks two times and I only see the desktop.

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It appears that you may be running without filename extensions enabled on your system. Every executable file should end with " .exe ". In older systems but not much used in today's systems except by virii and trojans are " .com ", " .sys ", etc, etc. I would highly recommend ' knowing ' what extension you are trying to run and having a very competent real time virus scanner on your system before ever clicking on an unknown file. The reason I have said that is simply one and one only. You mention the file blinks twice and then you see only the desktop which is often a lead-in to a major virus or trojan infestation. It is also possible that you are clicking on a compressed file without a compression routine loaded that recognizes the file, i.e. a Winrar compresses file when you don't have Winrar or similar enabled program loaded that can recognize it.
Please for the sake of your computer, KNOW what type of extension you are dealing with, then you will probably learn quickly what you need to do next. Not learning these most simple of necessary lessons will threaten your enjoyment of your computer and probably create a lot of frustration from an extremely enhanced probability of virual and trojan infestations. Just in case you don't already have a virus scanner, I personally recommend Avast Home Free from www.avast.com. I've been using it for over 4 years now with no problems, however that doesn't mean it or any other anti-virus product is perfect, only that it tries not to offend the operation of your computer while working hard to protect it also.
As far as enabling File Name Extension, go to Windows Explorer, Tools Tab, Folder Options, View. On that list you will see ' Hide Extensions for Known types ' which is enabled by default on XP and Vista. Disable that check mark. A computer operator should always know what he/she is executing and hiding that from the operator is a crime in my opinion.

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