Originally Posted by Cylphid
Yes, that's what I did until the screen where XP tells you it's adjusting your graphics quality. From there I get no response at all. I literally hit every key on the keyboard out of frustration
I was thinking that maybe after install, a windows update might fix it, but that no response is a show stopper.
If it actually IS freezing there you obviously have other issues with this machine too. If it's not actually frozen/crashed just hit alt-tab to select the prompt if you aren't on it. Then press tab until you have ok selected and press space.
I think you should do some basic hardware tests like either Windows Memory Diagnostic or Memtest86. Also if this machine is old you should visually inspect the capacitors on the motherboard.