Yes, I restarted the server. VP8 was the default but I set it anyway.
Also tried completely uninstalling it, ran ccleaner and bleachbit to be sure I got everything, reinstalled the latest version. Now neither server nor Windows client works. I can connect from the laptop TO my linux machine but now I get a frozen image of my linux desktop on the laptop. But my other windows machines work fine between themselves and Linux.
Something is amiss in the laptop but I think its time to give up – it’s my other machines where I really need the remote capabilities anyway. Thanks for the help.