I had tried the starter pack and ran into a bunch of problems with it. It was already set up to make cron run automatically. After scrapping the starter pack and just installing Drupal 7 and then CiviCRM, cron doesn't run automatically and I can't find any documentation that makes any sense to a non-unix admin like me for creating some type of configuration or modifying a config file to make this happen. Can someone please point me to instructions that are fairly easy to understand? Gracias.
I'm afraid setting up cron is a bit technical. Perhaps your hosting company could help you get started?
You can find full instructions here: Managing Scheduled Jobs
You can also try Easycron. There is a tiny cost but works quite well with Civicrm https://www.easycron.com/cron-job-tutorials/how-to-set-up-cron-job-for-civicrm