Thanks for the suggestion ALEXDR.
I was able to install XvT by altering the compatability to Windows 95. The instal worked, the programme will execute but the joystick does not work, the moust does. I have two joysticks, a Sidewinder Pro (direct connect ) and a Saitek CYBORG F.L.Y. 5 USB. Neither work when set as preferred. i can use a mouse to move about the selection screen but when it come to selecting Rebels or Empire nothing happens.
I will uninstall the game when I have time and atempt the resinstall in Safe Mode. I hate that because it screws around with the positioning of screen icon. Well if it works the it will be worth the price.