Beta. Your answer might lie there, Jim. Maybe the 1.3 stable edition might be a better place to start?
The latest beta works perfectly, I'm on W7/64, it's totally stable. It's been awhile since I downloaded ABP, but it's a top suite, not sure why it's not working for you. All new apps will appear in the top left corner, you need to move them to where you want them.
Right click on the Rainmeter icon in your system tray, hover over Themes and choose Manage Themes. The 'RainThemes' utilitity will open and you'll see what skins/themes you have installed, just load the one you want.
You can also right click the icon, hover over Configs, scroll down and click on Manage Skins and the 'RainBrowser' utility will open where you can manage and edit your skins. When it first comes up, it willl show in the far left 'Active' column the skins that are open on your desktop, to see all the skins that you have, click on the 'Browse' tab.
Most Important Tip...
- when you download a new skin, remember to REFRESH ALL (or it won't show up)
- when you make changes to a skin, remember to REFRESH SKIN (two different commands)
Here are some excellent easy instructions:
Rainmeter 101 http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=Rainmeter101
Getting Started http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=Rainmeter101_GettingStarted
Using Rainmeter http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=Rainmeter101_Interacting
Adding Skins http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=Rainmeter101_AddingSkins
Anatomy of a Skin http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=Rainmeter101_AnatomyOfASkin
Skin Tutorials http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/?q=SkinTutorials