TucknDar, try uninstalling it and reinstalling it again, and then copy the latest build files into it. It may seem like the latest build is very minor, but sometimes they include pretty cool features in there. Also, I recommend that you configure your interface the way I described above, for the sake of your mental state!
Yeah, I don't know what problems your having, my installations have all been on xp and I never had problems. I'm sure Pierre can help you.
Also, what exactly are your needs for a notetaker/pim? That would help me figure out whether sqlnotes will be as "great" for you as it is for me. I can see where if you're just interested in jotting down text notes, it might be a little overkill, and evernote would be a lot easier to use. But if you're needs are even slightly more complex, then sqlnotes could possibly help a lot.
In my opinion, here is what makes SQLNotes so great: if there is any type of information you want to collect and/or organize, you can configure sqlnotes to handle that specific task. And you can do a different configuration for any kind of data. Examples I have used so far:
I wanted to enter my transcript information on the computer. Normally, I'd just stick it in excel, but since I want a central place to access all personal data, I figured sqlnotes can handle it. So, i configured sqlnotes to show the transcript information (class name, grade, gpa) and I used the regular notetaking hierarchy to organize my classes into years, semesters, etc. But there are calculations involved for GPA (grades are weighted by units and so forth). But since SQLNotes is capable of handling equations, my GPA column had an equation associated with it, so that it calculated my gpa according to the function. It was very cool, because the equation had to somehow recognize that "A" meant 4.0 and "B+" meant 3.3 and so forth. So, now I can automatically see what my gpa was for a specific semester, a particular year, or total. See how cool that is? Furthermore, since Pierre has incorporated Excel's pivot tables into the program, I can use that to show me how many A's or B's I recieved during my undergrad years. Awesome! You can't do this with any other PIM.
I love evernote, but I don't want to use one program for notetaking and another for other PIM stuff (if I can avoid it). So I wanted to see if I could make an imitation of Evernote in SQLNotes. So, I created another grid (configuration) for that. It's basically the screen in my screenshot above. I just have a line for the title, and the left hand pane contains the note content. At home, I also have a date column on the right side so I can sort the stuff chronologically (like Evernote). Pierre also implemented a quicksearch feature similar to Evernote, but not quite as good yet.
I wanted to create a database for the discographies of my favorite artists. So, again, I created another configuration for that. Using the hierarchy, I organized by favorite artists by Artist>Album>Song. Then, on the right side, i can use the note pane to make comments on the particular albums or songs, whatever the case. Furthermore, let's say I want to filter the big list I made to just songs that start with G, or songs that have the word "georgia" in it. I can do that. You can do pretty much anything.
At work, I have to keep track of several projects. So I made another configuration as a sort of Project Log. In this one, there are just two columns, date, and project name. Whenever something happens in a project, I log it in here. Then I use the note pane to write down any details, or copy an email or whatever longer description is necessary to explain what happened at that particular date. Now, there is no hierarchy for this list. Basically, I have all the projects in one big, unorganized list. But since one of the columns has project name, I can use the filters available in SQLNotes to just show me the information for a particular project. So, I can quickly put together a report of everything that has happened in a specific project for a specified length of time, and I didn't spend any time organizing the information or anything.
You see how you can just think of some kind of application and SQLNotes is flexible enough to accommodate it? Try it, just think of some information that you would like to keep track of, and explore in sqlnotes if that is possible. It might be hard to find out how to do it, but just ask Pierre, and he'll walk you through it.