Mad & Ana
All's well now and the game's ready to play.
Thank you for easing my jitters regarding WS.Reputation.1... which seemed to be less of an issue, because I subsequently got a popup saying I needed 3d3x9_43.dll. Went to MS site & downloaded the most current (I believe) DirectX, disabled my Norton & installed it, enabled Norton... and then installed the game with no further problems.
Looks like it's GAMEtime
Again, thanks for being there.