After too many problems to go into here, I decided to start from afresh. Formatted HD using Seagate's DiskWizard 2003, reinstalled W98 and then tried to upgrade back to XP (home edition). Every now and then the installion stopped because certain items could not be copied (fontext.dll -dxdiag.exe - ssdpsrv.dll - bnts.dll). I had the choices to either exit setup or ignore, so chose the latter. XP eventually started up after many attempts but was crashing too often. I tried to install Windows update but that stalled when it told me that one of the components I was trying to install (msoeres.dll) was not approved by Microsoft (??????) After that the system hung and eventually I had to bite the bullet and am now back with W98 (which is not without its problems). Has anybody got any suggestions to overcome the upgrade problem?
Assuming you haven't tried this, configure the BIOS so that your CD drive is the first boot device and restart the PC.
XP will give you the option to format your hard drive. During the installation, XP will ask you to insert the W98 CD for verification purposes, after which you can remove it then reinsert the XP CD to complete the installation.
As. i said in my view for what it is worth to do a clean install you need the full version as you have formated the hard drive i have found you get errors putting XP over W98 some people may differ on this.