OK, I figured out how to uninstall, but now after reinstall, I am getting the infamous "dynamiclinkmanager has stopped working" problem. I have allowed Adobe QT Server, dynamiclinkmanager, and After Effects through every security program I have, but I still get the error.
You busted up your CoDecs with whatever fancy tool you used on your registry as well as launch options for services, it would seem. Use the CS5 Clean script from the support pages and try to reinstall again. And please, statements such as
Before you ask, yes, my computer did meet all of the system requirements otherwise it wouldn't have worked from the beginning.
are for all intents and purposes pointless. Yes, it may be sufficient, but when you experience problems it really makes things easier to know the exact system specs, don't you think? You didn't even mention your operating system, so how are we supposed to give you concrete advise?
Ran the cleaner, followed the steps, etc. but it still happens. My OS is Vista 64 bit.