"Did you install on a Administrator account?" - Yes
"Unplug the Roxio USB Device, reboot the PC, shut off all running programs including antivirus and firewall, make sure you have a internet connection, put the software disc in a drive and choose repair when offered, when finished reboot the PC."
Ok, did all of the above, some positives:
1) When asked whether to check for updates, I clicked yes as before but, this time it actually downloaded 4 updates which did not happen before
2) When I plugged in the roxio usb cable, windows installed drivers and indentified the hardware correctly
"Now plugin the USB Device and see if things are fixed?"
So, here is the bad news. Product registration window loads, and that's where we still are Same message as before "Please wait while we connect to our servers" Clicking on any of the interface elements hust throws an error.
Could there be conflicts with the C++ interpreters or .NET version or something along those lines?