Thank you very much for the information. I have read what you have written and now plan to take a deep breath, have a shower and them do what I have to do!!
May I ask a couple of questions before I begin?
1. The XP Home disk I have is a "brand new" OEM disk, but I cannot be sure it is the one that originally came with the computer. Do you see a difficulty there?
2. I have tried to get the XP Home OEM disk to load but keep getting the following message which I cannot get around to proceed :- "Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.
Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered".
Can you suggest how I can bypass this should it happen again?
Edited by artarmon, 24 May 2011 - 06:53 PM.