But I may have done something stupid. You can let me know if I'm a bonehead or not:)
So originally, like I said in my first post, I copied over 1.186a from the W8 partition to the W7 partition. At that point I just opened it up in the Ram drive A as I do under W8, of course directing the script appropriately. I never ran install under W7.
Then I did have to get a new activation code, which you refunded.(It activated fine with the new code, just wouldn't minimize) So I do have a separate code for 1.186 in W7 & W8
So I'm not sure if my whole process may have been screwed up by not actually installing it under W7?