"I will have to click through all the controls on the dialog to find out if I finished assigning them variables or not"
Indeed, it seems that this kind of functionality is missing, I don't see anything similar.
"I'm surprised that it's not there by default."
That may be because of what template settings did you choose when you have installed VS.
"If I use MFC libraries dynamically when I distribute my applications where can find the latest mfc80.dll and msvcrt.dll "
Probably the best thing is to do a Setup project and add the primary output of your MFC project to it. It will automatically detect that it needs MFC and it will the merge modules that contains the MFC and CRT libraries.
In addition there is separate installer for VC libraies that you can find in a path like this:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\BootStrapper\Packages\vcredist_x86
However, if you have SP1 there may be a bit of a problem. I don't have it myself but I have seen reports that SP1 does not update these merge modules or vcredist so until this are published on the Microsoft download site you should probably stick to statically linking.