I was having a problem with ZASS upgrade to Ver. 8 - after installation the system hung up between boot and login screens.
After some registry corruption issues I reload XP from scratch.
During this time I had no problems with V 8 until I loaded Bootskin from Stardock which changes my boot screen image.
As soon as I ran Bootskin, the problem resurfaced.
As soon as I removed Bootskin and reverted to the original boot screen image the problem went away.
This did not happen with ZASS Ver 7.
I wanted to post this for others to be aware of possible interference with programs that are run
at boot.
There
may be
other "skin" programs that could cause the same issue.
GTB