Hi good people!, my first time on this forum, looking forward to learning some stuff!. I have a new motherboard, 2 SATA connectors and one IDE connector. I run Windows 8. Windows 8 is installed on the hard drive connected to the IDE port. Because of some programs (old but nice ones), which used to run on XP, I was trying to get XP installed again. I removed the hard drive (Windows 8), and connected another. XP loads all files and then reboots. At this time it is looking to boot from the files copied to the hard disc, but it fails. A blue screen flashes once, and the pc restarts. So it carries on. I then tried something else. My friend has an oooold pc which runs XP. I took that hard drive out and connected it to my pc. It does not boot at all. The normal BIOS loads, but that's it. I have googled and found some answers, change settings SATA to PATA and so on...nothing makes any difference. Could somebody maybe tell me why this is please?, all and any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all kindly..