Thank you for the replies.
After more testing I figured out the problem, so let me share in case its helpful to anyone.
On my windows 7 Operating system (1g video card Ram, 16g system Ram, 256g SSD for Operating System, standard 750 gig Hard drive for files). After deleting and reinstalling Creation Workshop I first saved the .cws file, and then started slicing a small intricate part with 278 slices. Running it as “administrator” or not (both ways) Creation Workshop CRASHES DURING MID SLICING (which I suspect is the memory issue jkao mentions) and as a result CW puts about 100 (of the 278) slices of the png files in a .slice folder and I suspect the rest never make it because the system crashes------BUT in the process CW also self-deletes the CW software (the .exe executable file) from the desktop folder the CW files are located in.
On my windows 8.1 Pro Operating system (2g video card Ram, 16g system Ram, 512g SSD [for both OS ans files]), I deleted the CW folder, and “reinstalled.” When running CW as administrator CW DOES allow me to save printer and slicing settings, however not running as administrator DOES NOT allow me to save printer and slicing settings. IMPORTANT-----on this system the slicing DID WORK only when I ran it as administrator------So I suspect the combination of the following 3 things made CW work:
(A) running as administrator and
(B) the additional 1G of video RAM (this system has 2g vs 1g of my other system)
© the CW software running on my SSD drive (vs a standard drive)
But honestly this slicing is of a really small part (2" x 1" x 0.25") with 278 slices, so I am wondering if my “beefier system” is going to also run into problems with bigger parts that have alot more slices than 278? (time will tell I guess).
Time to try my first print