{it says "Solved" but I will reply anyway}

The "masm32" package http://www.masm32.com/ is a collection of library files, examples, etc, plus "ml.exe" and related tools. The installer written for this package has trouble with network drives -- so make sure you are at the keyboard + monitor + box of the server which contains the HD you wish to install this package on. Some people question the legality of "ml.exe" (and other Microsoft tools) distributed with this package, so the PlatformSDK here link is provided. This is also a good source for various other tools and resources.

Version information:
http://www.masm32.com/mlcompat.htm

Other tools:
http://website.masm32.com/

Forum for questions:
http://www.masm32.com/board/index.php

The VERY LATEST VERSION of MASM from Microsoft is LEGALLY available via the GeneSys Project:
http://x86assembly.codegurus.org/
http://www.masm32.com/board/index.php?topic=5248.0

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