The problem will not allow an installation of RecordNow! A serial number would not help overcome the problem, since a serial number can only be entered DURING or AFTER the installation process.
To reiterate, there is absolutely NO existing version of RecordNow! or any related files. I searched the registry and deleted each occurance of SONIC, RecordNow, RecordNow!, and everything else even remotely related to RecordNow!.
The FREE v6.5 copy is on a CD that had been furnished with this computer. The CD has been checked for errors, viruses, malware, etc..., thus leaving no logical reason for the installation to continue.
If for no other reason than sheer curiosity and the challenge, I'd like to resolve this issue.