XP upgrade from 98SE stops

Microsoft Windows XP

Install stops with no error messages, no H/D or CD
activity detected. Progress bar gets to little over
halfway, message says install will take approx. 65 mins.
Have tried both ways to install, with downloading updates
and without, same results. Also tried disconnecting
internet during install, same problem. Any suggestions?

Disconnect all external devices [printers/scanners, etc] and
remove them in device manager. Reboot and then defrag.
Then try the upgrade again. Install everything after the

Depending on the prior state of the computer and its speed,
it can take a long time to do, the 65 minute message is just
an estimate. If you get the free SP2 CD it might go better,
since you won't have any issues with a missing or corrupt