Thanks for the replies, I have fitted new hard drive and am trying to install xp home. When I tried to install from cd, the cd drive runs for a while then blue screen comes up with message windows setup in top left hand corner. I have downloaded copy of instalation on floppy but this just does the same. I have changed bios to boot from cd rom, dont know what else to try. Gone through list from curlylad but cant find same fault.
Windows will format the drive when installing. Is your new hard drive showing up in BIOS? Ive had floppy drives show up in windows,but didnt work as the connection needed pushing in the socket by about a millimetre(although windows said it was working) I would check hard drive connections first