SQL Server 2008 Install Locks Up

SQL Server 2008 install locks up.  Installing on XP SP3 32 bit.  SQL is 32 bit also.  Have to kill the task.  I found the following error message in the following location:  C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup Bootstrap\Log\20111006_142519\Detail_GlobalRules.txt  "Slp: Error: Action "RunRulesUI" threw an exception during execution."
jcarpenter83Asked:
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Jason Yousef, MSSr. BI  DeveloperCommented:
Check that forum post...
at the bottom there's a solution, check if it would work for you

http://forums.iis.net/t/1162871.aspx
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jcarpenter83Author Commented:
Thanks huslayer but I already tried that.  I had sql server 2008 installed previously, but it kept crashing without diplaying any error messages.  So I uninstalled it and now The installer locks up. I don't get any error message pop ups when it crashes.  The error  "Slp: Error: Action "RunRulesUI" threw an exception during execution." is from the Detail_GlobalRules.txt text file.
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Jason Yousef, MSSr. BI  DeveloperCommented:
Sorry that it didn't work, I tried to help, I never had that before and hopefully not ever :D  good luck..
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jcarpenter83Author Commented:
I get the same results just running the System Configuration Checker, which checks for conditions that would prevent a successful SQL server installation. The system configuration checker locks us as it is starting.
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Metehan OzculluSQL Service ManagerCommented:
There may be an orphaned entry for the SQL 2008 installation. Although the error is different, the below link show how to find and clean them.

http://sqlpost.blogspot.com/2009/06/orphan-msi-entries-during-sql-server.html

Article points to a WIndows installer cleanup utility but the link is not correct. it looks like Microsoft has retired this product last year due to conflicts with Office 2007. Anyway it is still downloadable from other links like: http://majorgeeks.com/Windows_Installer_CleanUp_Utility_d4459.html 
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jcarpenter83Author Commented:
Thanks for the help, but none of the solutions posted worked for me.  I formatted the hard drive and stared over.  Reinstalled XP SP3.  Installed SQL Server 2008 successfully.
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jcarpenter83Author Commented:
C grade because formatting the hard drive and starting over isn't a real solution.
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