I’m sure it will be short-lived rejoicing, and most of the people reading this have not a clue what any of this means, but I got my IE plugin to run on the “normal user” using “Run as administrator” in Vista rather than having to log into the special “Administrator” account. What does that mean? Likely that I can stop switching back and forth between two logins on Vista and just stay as the normal user.
You know what gets me though? The whole time it turns out the problem was apparently the plugin was disabled using the IE plugins manager (some time ago by me), and Netbeans isn’t quite smart enough to detect that the plugin is disabled and tell you you’re trying to do something stupid that you shouldn’t expect to work.