There are plenty of posts on how to install XP here.
I purchased a ''used'' 80 gig western digital harddrive from an ebay seller. I have generic pc with
1.7 celeron processor and have been running Win98se.
Upon installing the new drive when i boot i get a blue screen saying windows was shut down to protect my computer. I put the drive in an external usb and looked to see if XP was infact on the drive. Everything looks kosher. Approx 1.8 gigs of space is taken up out of the 80 gigs.
I tried booting to safe mode and last configuration that worked. Neither was successful, the blue screen keeps coming up. I can see the Windows logo for a tenth of a second or so and then the blue screen pops up.
The seller said he was selling the drive because his motherboard failed and was parting out his machine.
Any ideas how to make the windows usable?