Ok, so the following logs can be viewed after the install fails...
I have access to the software through my University and thus am installing the software by virtually mounting the ISO file using MagicDisc. Once I do that the autorun kicks off the installer and its all downhill from there... until it actually tries to install MS Document Explorer 2008 (the first item on the list to install) but it fails with the following log message.
[09/11/08,07:02:03] Microsoft Document Explorer 2008:  f:\setup\..\wcu\dexplore\dexplore.exe could not be unpackaged because it is not a cabinet.
[09/11/08,07:02:04] setup.exe:  ISetupComponent::Pre/Post/Install() failed in ISetupManager::InternalInstallManager() with HRESULT -2147467259.
[09/11/08,07:02:05] VS70pgui:  DepCheck indicates Microsoft Document Explorer 2008 is not installed.
I've made sure i dont have it already installed... I don't know where else to take this, I've restarted multiple times.