Well, I did an upgrade from WinXP SP2 a while back to RC2 and it seemed ok except that my control panel network options disappeared off the face of the earth and so I could no longer VPN into work. \n\n\n\nSo.. this morning I decided to download the newest Vista from MSDN and do a clean install. I finished the install and with no software at all on the machine I went to install ElbySoft Virtual Clone Drive so I can mount my isos and install Visual Studio. This is the same package I was using on my previous upgrade. Well, msi hangs on 'creating system restore point' forever. I let it run for 2 hours and then killed the process. I rebooted several times and still the same so I tried another msi file and it did the same thing. \n\n\n\nI'm at a loss here. So now I have no way to install software since there is no way to install a program to mount isos nor any program to burn isos. Absolutely rediculous that I must boot to Ubuntu Linux to burn an MSDN ISO file to a CD so I can go back and install it on a windows machine....\n\n\n\nIs anyone else having these same problems with msi files? This is an x86 laptop with UAC disabled.