Have tried several times to install and the machine continually keeps rebooting so I started again. I did a clean install and formated the disc with the fat option this time. Everything OK up until the windows devices had been installed and while I was typing in my authorisation code from the XP setup the system then rebooted itself yet again without notice.
As my machine is an "old girl" just over six years I feel it must be the bios that needs updating so here is all the details I have based on a Belaric Advisor audit scan before I attempted the initial install. My previous OS was Windows 98SE if that's any relevance at all.
A- Trend 6240 BIOS VER:1.0r01 WB1
System Serial Number: 6320M1001WB1
Main Circuit Board
Board: A-Trend i440BX-W977 VER:1.0r01 WB1
Serial Number: 6320M1001WB1
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. BIOS
VER:1.0r01 WB1 10/25/99
Thanks for reading this, any advice gratefully received.