SQL Setup Disappears When Installing Setup Support Files

I ran into a wiered error installing SQL Server 2012 only to find out the issue had been dealt with as far back as 2012. The installer gets to the “Installing Setup Files” stage and simply fails to load the next stage of the wizard. This problem is addressed in this blog:

SQL 2008/2008 R2/2012/2014 setup disappears/fails when installing Setup Support files