I'm curious why don't you ask your brand name tech support to remove their own mess.
Now, let try the following:
Click Start, Run type
and press Enter.
Click Start, Run type cmd and press Enter.
Type the command
net start msiserver
in order to start the Windows installer service
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
T. S. Eliot
We recently purchased a new HP computer with Windows XP and
MS Office Std Ed 2003 installed . Also the Adobe Reader was there. But
after a few months MS Office expired and a message invited us to pay x
dollars to subscribe. There was a suggestion that we could Remove the
program. We didn't want to pay and we had some programs on disk, so we
Removed MS Office. The Adobe Reader seemed to disappear too. We downloaded
the Adobe Reader from the Adobe website but we can't get it to work. When
we try to open a PDF document a box appears saying "Please wait while
Windows configures MS Office...", then "Insert MS Office Std Ed disk...",
then "Error 1706. Setup cannot find the required files..." I can't get rid
of these dialogue boxes without using Ctrl-Alt-Del. It seems to require a
file named STD11N.MSI or Windows Installer 2.0. Microsoft has Windows
Installer 2.0 available for other operating systems, but not for Windows
XP. Any suggestions?