Hello. Just following up. We have produced a list of programs that are expected to work on Windows 8. 3ds max is one of them:http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=19048377&linkID=9240617
Windows 8 operates in a similar but different fashion, as such, you may run into additional hurdles. Turn off Windows UAC in windows 8- this is different than in Win7.http://www.forumswindows8.com/tutorials/disable-uac-windows-8-a-4070.htm
Turn off Antivirus and any competing programs.
Check your installed programs list, if you have a program called "Displaylinkcore" uninstall it, you can reinstall after. This driver has caused blocakage in the past on some versions.
Then try to install. If this does not work, look at the processes and programs that are running, shut the excess ones off, or boot into a diagnostic mode and try to install there
Refer to this thread.http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Installation-Licensing/3ds-max-on-Windows8/td-p/3676048
It might help others as this thread is too old.