My copy of Vortex is installed in Program Files, and I am not experiencing any problems with Vortex as a result of that. In the case of my custom dashboard setup, it works the way it's supposed to work, in spite of (or maybe because of?) being installed in Program Files.
@sopmac45. I genuinely wish I could offer you some helpful suggestions, but I'm as baffled by your problem as you are.
@HadToRegister. While many people over the years have reported serious and legitimate problems with installing to Program Files, I myself have never experienced these problems. Why that's the case, I don't know. However, from Windows 7 on, I have regularly installed to Program Files with no significant problems resulting.
Anyway, I'm absolutely not trying to start a debate here about installing to Program Files. I'm simply reporting what my experience has been in the hope that it might be of some help to sopmac45.