I tried ala carte for the new features, and I couldnt get BT, so just bit the bullet and did the dist-upgrade.
I think my issues might have been because of going from the 4.4.9 rpi-update, to the dist-upgrade...I think it may have broken things.
After restoring 4.1.13, menu/run functions like it should, I have not yet tried to re-pair the bt audio to see if the error still occurs though.
[fixed] bt audio now working.
Failed to connect to device-
GDBus.Error:org.bluez.Error.failed: Host is down. Try to connect again.
Took approx 20 min to fix all the raspi-ui-override applications, urls, fix/resize the taskbar, icons, monitors, launch bar settings, and key binding for shortcuts