I am trying to load Visual Basic 2010 express onto my computer and keep running into a problem with the install. it hang up on the .net framework 4 download and then quits. i've tried running "as admin" and it still didn't work. i am using vista on one laptop and xp on another still no dice.

Try installing framework4 seperatly. and uncheck the option of framework when u installing the VS2010. you myt be having corrupt files.

I haven't encountered this on 2010 but I have encountered similar on earlier versions - it used to occur when the version of the .NET Framework you were using had a newer service pack that the one Visual studio was trying to install e.g. 3.5 verses 3.5 sp1. It'd get compounded by other software usually provided by the hardware manufacturer running on the later versions of .NET