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You can try to press Ctrl key + F11 on boot-up if you have a recovery partition on the computer it will take you to the system recovery options and from their you can select dell factory image restore that will restore your computer to factory settings but you will loose all your data. If their is no recovery partition then you can call dell to Oder a recovery cd that will cost you $10 to $12.
while booting up as soon as you see any writing in the top right hand corner, click F2 and enter setup look for booting order, and make sure the cd rom is in the first place before boot from hard drive. save and exit and the reboot with the XP disk in the cd rom drive. Try a repair from disk or if you want to a total reinstall. Another thing you might try is click on F8 on boot up and enter in Safe Mode, and see what is giving your the headache.