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When you try to install some software on a Windows XP-based computer, the installation process may stop responding (hang). However, the installation status shows 100 percent. The system does not respond until a system restart occurs.
This problem may occur if the software is installed by the Windows Installer service.
This problem occurs because of a race condition in the Windows Installer service.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
To apply this hotfix, you must have one of the following installed:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Windows Installer 3.0
Windows XP Service Pack 3.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows XP with Service Pack 2, x86-based versions
Windows XP with Service Pack 3, x86-based versions
To resolve this problem, you can also upgrade the Windows Installer service to the latest version (Windows Installer 4.5). For more information, visit the following Web site: