ok so I have the same exact problem. I am trying to install the sims makin' magic and nothing happens. Except the following: Installshield Wizard the sims makin' magic setup is preparing the installshield Wizard, which will guide you through the rest of the setup process. Please wait. and then shortly after a box pops up saying: The Installshield engine (ikernel.exe) could not be installed. incorrect function. I've tried the ctrl + alt + delete and I didn't even have the ikernel.exe on the task manager. So I was unable to fix it. I am really stressed out right now and really really need help with this stupid ikernel.exe installshield problem. Someone please!!!!! help!!!!