Yes, I understand what the new installer is. Thank you very much for that, it works great. My comments on the other issues with running Creep Night in Win7 were just for information in case anyone finds it useful.
That testing was done before I tried any compatibility modes (which I don't normally have much luck with). This time, however, setting the compatibility mode on PINBALL2.EXE to "Windows 95" fixed all the issues I pointed out earlier.
That is, the opening video now plays and you can turn on all the preferences except Digital Music (although, it seemed that digital music also worked if you have the CD in the drive -- but I didn't test that much as the music sounds fine) and the settings stick between runs. Turning on compatibility mode, however, did add another minor annoyance where Windows gives a UAC prompt before running: "Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer." Some say a reinstall may fix this but I don't know.
Yeah, Minigolf, hmm. I agree that killing the explorer is not a good solution. I just threw it out there in case it helps in debugging something. It doesn't sound like it would affect Minigolf. I have some good skills for working these things out but no time for it anymore. My last big fix in this area was years ago: How to run Mobil 1 Rally Championship on XP
. If you have an install for me to test, however, I'll be happy to look at it when I can. I enjoy keeping old games alive. Much more fun than my regular work.