I have seen countless threads on this. So, let me make this easier. After a fresh install, and tons of Windows updates, the Windows Installer breaks. Totally unfixable. I tried every fix on the internet. I never had this problem when I first bought this computer in 2009. But now, all of a sudden, it give me this error. Some of the programs magically disappear from the Uninstall list too.
Is it time for me to throw this computer in the garbage? It's an asus. One of those computers where the Disc has been tampered with by the company to ensure that you don't install Windows anywhere else.