As for the minor annoyance, right-click an empty part of the taskbar, go to Properties -> Start Menu ->Customize ->Advanced ->uncheck "highlight newly installed programs." As for trillain crashing, does it work after you install it up to the time you reboot after doing so? Try making an MD5 sum of the Trillain directory (I use MD5summer, avaliable from SourceForge
, which I can't get to right now...) right arter you install and then check it after you reboot.
When you get the hourglass, look at your computer and see if the HDD access light is on. It should be if it is taking a while to bring up a window. But with Add/Remove programs, a window should come up quickly, then it should look for installed programs, which can take a while. Try scanning for virii and spyware.