As an Update, I was able to get Hinds installed this weekend. No big deal,I just had to re-install windows
I was doing the re-install anyway, as I just bought a new SSD. I figured I had a left over copy from Simware, so what the heck.
Well it worked, pretty much confirming my suspicion that the issues on my old install were the result of registry errors.
I still caution anyone looking to buy this because:
1. No other add-on or programs had install issues with my old instance of Win 7. Just ToH Hinds. Sorry BI, but as far as I'm concerned that's still an issue with your software, not mine. Asking me to re-install windows just because of some DRM hangup is a bridge too far...
2. BI never actually said what the REAL problem was, as I suspect it lies with the Gamestop based DRM,and they had no clue.
3.BI hasn't addressed the issue as being fixed yet, and frankly I doubt they ever will as the issue isn't with their own software. It's clearly easier to refund and ask forgiveness than to actually address and solve the issue.
Again, the thing that gets me most is that it's the DRM
that's giving issues, not the add-on itself. Very poor customer service and support on that count. This is made even more annoying, as the ToH install asked me TWICE for my Purchase Key Code. Why not just scrap the stupid gamestop DRM and fall back on the same used for all the other titles to date?
I'm just hoping BI has learned their lesson and will do away with this stupid gamestop garbage in future products.