Well, this is (almost) funny. I tried a few things after reading your reply and I was getting very frustrated because nothing was working. I ended up finding a post that stated they had the same error and found a "quick fix", so I was very interested! He said that after doing everything that I had done, (including the Win32 self extractor) he found that the downloaded file was still in the Sun/Java folder. He (and I) ran the .exe directly from that location and it installed without incident. Of course, I was elated because I have been trying to rectify this for some time now but then my curiosity kicked in and I wanted to know why this occured? If you care to reply with any idea as to why, that would be great but I also wanted to let you know this "easier way" worked like a charm. Thanks for all of your help!