If its a BETA version of Skype, you just found out as we all know that beta versions are extremely buggy...go back to a standard version after uninstalling the beta...
All the best Brett
The reason I TRIED the beta is because the regular skype wont work.
You may try digging around after an un-install and deleting any remaining skype folders, specifically any located in the appdata folder... those seem to become corrupt often, and will crash running versions of skype, so i suppose they could ruin the installation process too.
Will try that now. Will let you know how it goes.