I might bail out on this one. I installed LIBPRS500 on my office computer and it works fine there (XP). So I'll just live with downloading News and shuffling collections at the office, I can still copy RTFs and PDFs to the reader via explorer at home.
It would be easier for me to to "upgrade" to XP than spend my - and YOUR - time on going through the process to make W2k work.
Thank you for all your help!