Ok, this is interesting for anyone that wants to do this. I had created a total of 8 pages. After a reboot I was left with what is in the attached picture.
Where I had taken the "APPS" file and changed the pagename to something else inside the file, it created a new "APPS" file with the pagename=APPS and an entirely new ID number. Apparently, it wants a file with the name APPS and a pagename=APPS.
The same is true for DOWNLOADS, FAVORITES and SETTINGS.
It didn't have a problem with the new pages names GAMES, HOMEBREW or MISC. All of those I made and it was fine with them.
However, it did a very strange thing with a file that I had given the name TOOLS to the file but inside I was sloppy and had "pagename=Tools".
Apparently, its very case sensitive about the pagename value being the same as the filename. So, it left my original TOOLS file and made an entirely new one, with a new ID with a filename of "Tools" and pagename=Tools.
So..... the lessons learned so far:
1. you ain't getting rid of the 4 panels that it wants - including changing the name. It will boot up OK and go with it, but behind the scenes will be getting ready to change things back after another reboot.
2. The name you assign the file must be exactly the same as the value for pagename=
I think that we are left with having the 4 items they want us to have and then having however many additional tabs we can squeeze into the alloted space. At least until someone that actually knows what they are doing comes along and figures out a fancy patch
Also, its interesting that it reordered all the items in the launcher_fixed.msave file. It didn't change my order but I had the first one second and the second one first, etc... and it just changed them all to a logical order.
Hope that if someone else is playing along with their TP that this helps them out.