Thanks for your reply! The rewrite_module was already uncommented in the hhtpd.conf and I tried making the max_execution_time 200 and memory limit 512, but still no joy, it just fails on the mod_rewrite step......
I don't understand how SS can think that mod_rewrite is enabled when I go to install it and then it doesnt work when it does the rewrite test?
Thanks Nivanka, it seems to work now, giving it more time to run meant it go to the rewrite page where I could force it and even though it was still telling me mod_rewrite wasnt working, the database is created and the site runs.
Thanks a lot for your help, I really appreciate it :)