Well after following the links to pocketgpsworld.com and downloading PoiEdit2007-2-ENU it let me open my old mapsetttings.cfg in the Country folder, edit them and save them as POI's. The I was able to navigate to the POI's the added them to favorite as recent destination, one by one.
* Speed and red light cameras POI warnings were still there - was able to turn back on the audible warnings.
Except for the above 7.90 ROCKS !!!
1) For my V2 - finally it doesn't say "stay in the Left lane" followed very shortly by TURN RIGHT.
2) The turn warnings are earlier - yeah ! (Or am i dillusional ?)
3)Seems to boot normally too
4) It got a new Birthday day - which is really odd as that should stay the orginal date.