I loaded a fresh install of Easy CD Creator 184.108.40.206 along with the latest Nero in an experiment to test simultaneous operation of InCD and DirectCD in WinXP. See my experience with roxio easycd creator 5 and xp.
I had no problems with any of the installations, and EZCD Creator causes no hangups or problems. I started with a clean install of EZCD 5.02, which does not recognize my burner. I disregarded the nonrecognition message and did not select the option to reboot. Instead, I immediately installed the update to v.220.127.116.11 and then rebooted.
If you still have a problem with this installation, try this method and see if it works for you.