Thanks for all of your help and suggestions. I didn't include the TLD on my original post here as it didn't make a difference to my problem, it's the fact that I could not put the "dot" in ".html" witch still, for some reason, keeps reverting back to a semi-colon ... still does. Anyway, I was just going to post back that the .htaccess redirect is on and working great and my worries are gone. I will also make sure I proof read with stronger glasses! :-)
As far as the version number, yup, the upgrades are in the works already and looking forward to it. I will be the first in line to see if the renaming of pages works, which by all accounts here, it does. As to our latest version I'm just going to call it 2.4.6 until I hear otherwise.
Thanks again for the help!