JUst installed Wp for 1st time on IIS 5.0 / windows, host doesn't provide modrewrite. Almost pretty permalinks don't work and, investigating further, no .htaccess file is being created or modified EVEN though WP says "Permalink structure changed" and doesn't spit out the code at the bottom of the page.
Have tried creating 1.htaccess file with Notepad, uploading and renaming...I can still see it but when I click Properties/CHMOD I can't change anything.
Does this mean that something is wrong on the server? What? My host advises moving to Linux, but this seems a huge copout...