Hi A Guy,
I said I would follow up, so here it is... First, thanks very much for your tip on VPC XP Mode. Clearly, this is the only route that is going to work for me. That mode allowed me to install the older software and it did successfully communicate with my 2488 recording studio. There is a bit of a lag in that, and the screen display takes a few seconds to refresh, but I have a connection there so thats the big thing.
The tough part, clearly, is the failure of so many to accept Windows 7. I had to go back to some old drivers
after learning that new ones are not going to be produced by one company, and then another company whose software I use in this journey has stated flatly, they will not produce a Win 7 or 8 version. I talked to a support guy who said they are centering their work around Apple stuff and pretty much giving up on Windows.
But these things aside, your help was vital and I deeply appreciate it. Obviously, at some point, I will have to go Apple as clearly Creative Labs is moving away from music production and focusing on games, and Microsoft, well, whatever some other company does that succeeds, thats where they will go. As usual...
Thanks very much for your advice and help, it was vital!