When you attempt to upgrade your Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), or Microsoft Windows Millennium (Me)-based computer, Setup may stop responding (hang) during the "Preparing installation" phase.
Additionally, Setup may restart after an extended period of apparant inactivity.
This behavior can occur if any antivirus programs are installed on your computer.
This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.Note
An antivirus program is designed to help protect your computer from viruses. You must not download or open files from sources that you do not trust, visit Web sites that you do not trust, or open e-mail attachments when your antivirus program is disabled.
For additional information about computer viruses, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Computer viruses: description, prevention, and recovery
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
- Cancel Windows XP Setup to revert to your Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, or Windows Me operating system.
- Disable or uninstall the antivirus program. For more information about how to do this, refer to the program documentation or browse to the antivirus manufacturer Web site.
- Run Windows XP Setup again to install Windows XP.
For additional information about how to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup issues, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to troubleshoot Windows XP Setup problems when you upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Me
For additional information about Windows XP Setup, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Release notes for Windows XP Setup contained in the Home.txt file
For additional information about how to prepare to upgrade your computer from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to prepare to upgrade Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP
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