Do you have a std. XP install? No slipstreamed or user made one. If you have the original install disc, use it to install. XP SP2 and even SP3 can be gotten alone and then once the original install is done, then update with SP3 that has been gotten from MS download website or other trusted websites. It's possible corrupted area exist on those back-up or user made disc(s).
See, if doing it that way helps. If you have added anything or changed some h/w as others may have offered to remove them. You may want to disable any bios setting for network, like ethernet, (ports), etc. to make it even simpler. Also, just walk away when things seem to freeze, some items just take longer AND! it may display some error, showing the fault.
Is there any point continuing to find a solution to this one?
I've tried a number of solutions at the suggestion of other posters on the net, removing pci cards and un needed peripherals which speeds the process up but stopping again at 32 minutes.
setupapi log seems to stop at the ms_netmon. The log finishes saying 'selected best compatible driver'
Install was initially done with XP Pro SP2 disc and a SP3 disc.
Now repair installing with XP Pro SP2 with slipstreamed SP3 download
thanks for any suggestions