I am attempting to install IE 8 on windows xp in a VM. It just hangs and says "Downloading" It has been like this for over an hour and I have an Internet connection that is fast.

Windows XP IE 8 Upgrade screen

I got Process Explorer and here are the results:

Process Explorer

Process Explorer

  • Was this installed by itself, or along with other updates? Did you tried stopping it, rebooting and starting it again? What actions have you tried already? Dec 13 '13 at 21:48
  • It is just by itself. I have tried re-downloading and only choosing IE 8 from this page: microsoft.com/en-us/download/internet-explorer-8-details.aspx Dec 13 '13 at 21:52
  • When it's in this state, does Windows report any actual network and/or disk activity? Does the IE installer show any CPU usage? Dec 13 '13 at 21:57
  • No cpu and no network activity. One thing that is odd is scvhost is at 99% cpu usage. Dec 13 '13 at 21:58
  • Grab Process Explorer from MS and figure out which service(s) are causing the Svchost to be that busy. Dec 13 '13 at 22:00

The portion that's taking all the time is the installer checking Windows Update for updates. On XP systems, it's not uncommon to see this process take upwards of an hour. Let it sit and it will finish eventually.

  • It is going in 3 hours now, still hanging Dec 14 '13 at 0:09
  • Yikes. System specs? Had it been updating successfully before?
    – afrazier
    Dec 14 '13 at 0:48
  • I updated to service pack 3 with no problem. This is a brand new Windows XP Installation. The only reason I am installing it is to test IE 8. Dec 14 '13 at 0:59
  • I am on mac book Air with 8 GB of Ram. I allocated 1 gb of ram to the VM. It boots in about 5 seconds. XP Is a great operating system to tell you the truth, but I just need to get IE 8 to work for testing. Dec 14 '13 at 1:08
  • Run the IE setup with the /update-no command line option to keep it from looking for updates. Then do Windows Update later.
    – afrazier
    Dec 16 '13 at 0:32

Just disconnect your internet - it will take about 30secs to move past this point to scanning for malicious software. Chances are it can't connect to windows update since XP has been put out of support past Sep 2014

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