After a whole lot of cursing, I was finally able to get everything working. I ended up re-copying the entire iDrive skin file and then adding my modified skin files since I couldn't figure out the label issue. And I was able figure out the Vista "quirks" as well (Vista is a serious PITA when working with RR , which many of you already know!!!). I spent more time fighting Vista then actual skinning/embedding !!!
Dashcommand embeds like I want and the buttons I added to open Dashcommand work like I want (a shining example of how the RR FAQ and Skin editing tools really do work ). Now I have two other items to work on that I did not really see how to do in the FAQs:
1. Getting rid of the standard Windows File tool bar at the top of the Dashcommand window (i.e. File, Edit, etc.).
2. Assigning buttons in the skin, to perform functions in Dashcommand, like what is done for Iguidance, IE, and other programs.
I won't be able to look at that stuff for a while (at work, etc) but any insight on how to tackle those items, especially #2, would be definitely helpful.