Why does my Windows XP Service Pack 2 Setup Wizard freeze while "Creating Cabinets"?

  I repaired my Windows XP installation, due to installing a new motherboard and cpu, and began running Windows XP updates.  I am stuck at the SP2 installation, left it on overnight with no progress - stuck at Creating Cabinets, Details : Running processes before installation.

-All of my hardware is working fine.

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Last updated March 30, 2018 Views 370 Applies to:

Hi TomSteinman,

Let’s follow these steps and check if it helps.

a) You may restart the computer and check if you are able to boot the desktop correctly.

b) Thereafter, download Service Pack 2 from this link.

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers

c) Try to boot the computer into safe mode & install Service Pack 2. It will start Windows XP with a limited set of files and drivers. Startup programs do not run in safe mode, and only the basic drivers needed to start Windows are installed, follow the steps to boot the computer in safe mode:

a. Restart the computer.

b. Start tapping F8 key.

c. You will get advanced boot option window.

d. Select the option “Safe mode”.

For more information, refer this link:

A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP


For more information, refer these links: Installing Service Pack 2 (SP2)

                                                                        Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Solution Center

Hope the information helps.

Please post back and let us know.

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