The text that's displayed in the very first dialogue that appears is as follows:
"A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now.
Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive you can safely remove it for this step."
Also FYI - I've taken the liberty of trying to disconnect all external USB devices. But without any visible effect.
I've also taken the liberty of attaching a number of log files created by Setup and stored on the Ramdisk drive temporarily used by Setup. I've gone through them, but another set of eyes browsing the content might be helpful in case I missed anything important. One puzzling item is that despite the USB devices being disconnected, Setup still detects a few. (I believe the printer was connected to the rear USB port during this install attempt.) Not sure that's what's causing my trouble though....
Thanks again all!
P.S. The full online repository of log files from this Setup can be found here....
setupapi.app.log.txt (64.1 KB)
SETUPAPI.LOG.txt (94 Bytes)