Made no difference.
I just installed version 13 for the 4th time and it still does not run.
Waiting for an update . . .
My suggestion: anyone installing version 13 should first back up their copy of version 12.2 just to be safe.
In my email exchange with Rick it seems there's a "light at the end of the tunnel". Here are the latest emails he sent me and my replies:
"R: Let me know if reinstalling 12.2 works for you. The setup program is the same as I did a "Save As" of the 12.2 setup. The UAC is most likely the culprit if 12.2 does work. So far over 5,700 others have downloaded and installed the app with no issues.
N: Yes, 12.2 is working perfectly.
R: Select "Tools, SermonAudio" from the e-Sword menu, then play one of the sermons. Does that work?
N: I guess you're obviously talking about version 12.2, since 13.0 doesn't start. I tried it (on 12.2), it should open an hyperlink to the site, right? I clicked it and nothing happened (internet enabled).
R: If the large window for listening to the SermonAudio sermons does not open, then this is the same problem as with e-Sword 13. Meaning, the problem also exists in 12.2, but you never used the Windows Media portion of the app. It makes sense then, so now to getting a solution!"
Sorry for that mishap of mine.
No problem Jon, nice to meet you BTW