If you don't want the progress box, it's simple - don't deploy progressbox.hta to the machines. :)
Boy is it really that simple and obvious?
Well color me embarassed if so...and can I say I am very new to this latest autodomain functionality of having autodomain.exe and the new progress behaviour window in my defense
Off to do more testing, thanks a lot for the quick response and the help!
No, I should document it better. I put the hta's in because ie was so damn hard to manage. I just never got around to pointing out that they are optional. Btw, I posted 5.61 this week on ctowild...