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Windows installer freezs

by stokes280 / January 26, 2004 11:27 PM PST

Just installed XP Pro, and it seemed that everything was going well. Then it comes time to install the windows updates, after downloading all the critical updates, the computer seemed to be installing the updates with no problems untill it came to the last update, the computer seemed to freeze up while trying to install the last of the critical updates, so I waited for a while and after approx. 4-6 minutes it completed the last installation. Now it seems that after that situation anything that I try to install now wil freeze up around 50% of the insatllation process, and if you wait for approx. 4-6 min, it will come alive all of a sudden and complete the installation. Any Ideas ....

Thanks Tons...
Stokes

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Re:Windows installer freezs
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2004 11:31 PM PST

" so I waited for a while and after approx. 4-6 minutes it completed the last installation. Now it seems that after that situation anything that I try to install now wil freeze up around 50% of the insatllation process, and if you wait for approx. 4-6 min, it will come alive all of a sudden and complete the installation. Any Ideas ...."

I read that twice and all I can tell is that it worked.

There are some issues that people can't wait for installations to complete. One of the continuing challanges to software developers is to not go past some number of seconds without feedback. This may be another one of those designs that sits and works and can annoy the user due to no feedback?

Bob

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Re:Windows installer freezs
by Seabreeze / February 18, 2004 11:01 PM PST

This may and may not help depending on your computer. I recently tried to upgrade a friend's Gateway computer from Win ME to WinXP. Computer started the install then locked-up. Finally after about 5 tries called Gateway tech support. After discussing the problem I found out the computer didn't have enough memory for the upgrade. Check to see how much memory you need for the new WinXP Pro AND all the applications you will be running at the same time. Extra memory will also give you a performance boost and possibly avoid future lock-ups. From a value viewpoint it is also probably the single best way to speed up your computer.

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Re:Windows installer freezs
by Willy / February 18, 2004 11:39 PM PST

If you didn't have SP1 and a plain jane XP install OS w/o it, it becomes a very long upgrade process. In other words *ALOT* is going on and hope nothing burps during that process. Even if SP1 is part of the XP install disk, there are still alot of updates and these all take thier time. In some cases, its better to get an update, install, then reboot rather than doing a long string of updates at once. You can get a new "security CD" now that MS offers:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/cd/order.asp

to help if you later need to re-install again or just as a backup, its free. Some of those updates are mb huge, so take it with a cup of coffee. Sad

good luck -----Willy

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