If the new user account worked, just use that to meet your deadlines.
The fact that it worked means that there is some permissions issue with your profile and AE. That would be the place to look when you're not staring deadlines in the face.
thanks for the reply Szalam,
i tried removing all the UI Panel scripts, and for some reason it started up....then i replaced them back bit by bit....eventually i was able to put them all back in place and still start up....strange....
but what do you mean "that would be the place to look"
look where? i'm not much of a windows guy
Permissions problems are a lot easier to solve on Mac, that's for sure! It seems like you solved it without having to deal with it though. Thanks for sharing what worked! I'll try to remember to suggest that for the next person.