No one can guarantee that the system will not crash, Shawn. There are
other factors involved besides the updates 'stuck' installation.
That, in itself, *should* not crash the OS if you do a restart.
I'm not 100% sure about which processes are used when KB892130 installs.
*Right* click a blank spot on the Toolbar and choose Task Manager
Click the Processes tab and look under CPU to see if any Process is
hogging most of the CPU cycles.
If none of the Processes are the culprit, look under Image Name for:
Click on each instance of the above and then click the End Process
button for each one. Click Yes to the warning message that will appear
for each Process you intend on stopping. Again, I'm not certain which
Processes are involved in the installation of the WGA. The above
Processes run for the installation of updates.
Next, suggest you visit this page:
or, if further assistance with this issue is needed, the Windows XP
Genuine Advantage Validation Issues (Windows XP) forum:
MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
> Update started *last night*, apparently stalled during the night and won't
> restart. Tried updating from the website, it fails also. I appears to be
> about 85% complete, says it is "performing cleanup" and tells me to wait
> while it "inspects your current configuration, archives your current files
> and updates your files.
> I will at some point need to restart my computer and I'm afraid I'm setting
> myself up for a crash. Everything seems to be working fine at this point
> other than that.
> Am I okay doing a restart when I need to? I'm not sure where my OS disks are
> if it crashes, I recently moved and haven't unpacked everything yet. Running
> XP Home.
> Anything I need to do before I restart? Most stuff is backed up fairly
> recently, I think I can backup again before I shut down.
> What if it crashes and I can't locate the disks? How would I get going again?