XP SP3 service hangs at “Finishing Installation”, Details: Performing Cleanup
Posted on 2010-11-19
I installed and ran XP SP3 on a Dell laptop that had only XP SP2 installed - It went thru the entire upgrade process but hung at the last stage “Finishing Installation”, Performing Cleanup.
Its over ¾ completed with the hard drive activity going full throttle but the progress bar would not move past 85%. The system is not hung becase I can still move the mouse and open other windows. Its been at this statge for over an hour
I thought about restarting the laptop. I know in the past when an installation fails, it takes quite some time to toally back out back SP2. Should I jsut restart the system? It seems waiting will jsut overheat the hard drive. Its crunching like crazy.