So I broke out this game the other day, blew the dust off of it, and popped into my PC's cup holder eagerly anticipating the epic pirating that was soon to commence. Imagine my disappointment when the game refused to let me install it. I've done quite a bit of research and I cannot find anyone that is having the same issue as I am. I have found some helpful tidbits, though.
At first. when InstallShield was checking Windows version, preparing to install, etc., it would suddenly stop and present me with a dialogue box that said "1628: Failed to complete installation." After some research I determined that this was an issue with InstallShield, and the suggested fix was to delete my InstallShield folder and attempt the installation again. This actually helped, and progress was made.
Not much progress, though. Now all of the initial Windows version checks and installation preparations complete and those windows go away as they should. I never get the next window, though. By next window I mean the one where I start choosing where to install the program and the installation actually occurs. When I check my Task Manager, IDriver.exe is in my list of processes using about 10 MB of ram and fluctuating between about 10-12 processor usage, but it never does anything. I thought maybe it would just take a bit of time, but I've decided it's just never going to work. I started the installation and just let IDriver.exe do it's thing while I wrote a paper for my college coursework, and it never kicked up a new window to install the program. Also, even though it's computing something with my processor, I don't think it's actually doing anything because the amount of memory used never changes.
The last bits of information I have for those of you that are hopefully more tech minded than I are that I'm using Windows 7 64bit, setup.exe on disk one is running in WinXP SP2 mode, and I've given it admin access. I know this question is about installing a specific game, but it seems to possibly be more of a Windows Installer issue. Many others are enjoying this game with Windows 7, so I'm sure there's something I can do on my machine to fix this.