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Lifecam Completely Failed

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Okay, I am trying to run a Microsoft Lifecam vx 7000 on winxp. PC meets or exceeds all minimum requirements for the software/hardware. It was previously installed and working just fine until one day it simply decided not to.

If I try to initialize the cam in configurations with a messenger, it will power on and I can see it picking up myself and the room around me. If I try to actually run it outside of the configuration wizard, it won't work.

I have tried running it from the desktop icon and got appError 0xc0000142 failure, click ok to end this program.
I tried reinstalling from the original manufacturer disk that came with the cam, it fails in the middle of install.
I tried downloading software and drivers from microsoft directly. This also failed in mid install.
I searched and searched for an uninstall file for the program but could not find one.
I tried to uninstall it via add/remove programs, but it wasn't listed there.
Microsoft solution center sent me to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953691, but the only advice there was to download a cleanup utility which has been removed from their site due to the fact that it did more harm than good.
When all else failed, I dumped all the temporary files and manually deleted everything that I could find linked to the program and then rebooted.

I am now stuck with a $75 paperweight! Can anyone offer advice please?
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