Strawballs, The disc is spotless, and I did clean it.
Charence, I have only the mouse, keyboard and monitor, installed. I thought that whilst reformatting the drive on the installation of Winxp, everything on it would be deleted and that I would start with a clean drive, is that not the case?
smackheadz, well, I don't know if this was the answer, or something else that I tried, but I used Acronis -Wipe disk, and from then on the installation seems to have gone pretty well. Whatever it was has resolved my problem.
I have other small irritations but I am starting a new thread.
Thank you all.
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