On researching the Windows Support web site I found many reports of Installer files that produced the same results that I was seeing. the great quest began at that point. I have run CClean, ATXfix, filmon, General-Clean, msicuu.exe, used sfc to replace system files, Dial-A-Fix, and a few more I can't recall right now. Nothing fixed the problem. No matter what I try to install I get a "corrupt executable file". Support from Memorex on their corrupt cd is silent. It's one of those ubiquitous bizarre install files in some deeply buried subdir and I can't find it.
Does anyone, anywhere have any ideas for me?? My next step is to format my hard drive and reinstall XPsp2, what a pain. I'm at the end of my rope, did I mention that this is my brand new shiny laptop not even out of the box for a week?