Interesting, you seem to have moved a little further forward, following Daemon Tools removal.
How long did you wait, when the program froze, before cancelling.
It does take quite a while to install, I recall. (About 50mins ?)
I dislike the automatic update feature intensely.
Apart from the SP2 CD, which I ordered from Microsoft,
I have always downloaded the SP files and run them from my computer,
even when you are advised not to download if you are only updating
one computer. (They say visit Windows Update - round and round we go!)
Never had any problems with these 'developer' files, perhaps someone will now inform me why it was
perhaps not a good idea?
If you have exhausted all possibilities and read the link from Louis
and carried out any suggested procedures
and got nowhere, you MAY want to try that route,
but you have to ensure your computer is malware, spyware and virus-free, as per the MS articles.
This is the link, at your own risk:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en
BTW, I only ever offer suggestions where procedures have worked FOR ME.
Regrettably, there is no 'one fix fits all' solution.
I also await Windows 7; just can't wait to get to grips with all those incompatibilty problems.