I have an old laptop without USB or network boot and with broken CD reader (but working floppy unit). The only method that seems to be good for me to install a fresh XP is to extract the HDD, put installation files on a dedicated partition and boot from it.
I can understand the main line of this method but I need detailed instructions on how to correctly make the partition bootable etc.
I read about similar problems around, but no-one detailed the process.
e.g. Install WinXP without CD/pendrive