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if you have a boot cd for vista home then put the disc in drive - go to boot screen and change the boot order with cd/dvd-rom priority on top and go for the installation where you can format your system and install a fresh copy of Vista home.
make sure you have a bootable disc of vista home
The easy way is to do this via the vista os CD or an old xp one.
You will need to reboot your PC as it starts up look out for 'boot options' and select boot from your cd drive. If you do not get this option then please reboot again then go into boot options and select your CD rom or DVD rom to be your boot device.
For both options after making the change and your have your CD i, you will be given to option to press any key.
make sure you select to reinstall windows, at this point you will be be given the option to format your hard drive.
If you need more info or the PC is a laptop with out a CD Rom / DVD rom let me know and I will go over other ways to format your hard drive.
If the system is asking for an administrator password in Windows and you are wanting to format and reinstall the system, then the password shouldn't be an issue. Most inspiron systems are equipped with a PC Restore partition CTRL+F11 just after the Dell Splash Screen should enable the restore process. If PC Restore doesn't work, then boot to the XP CD and format the NTFS partition and install Windows XP clean. If you have Windows Vista, the PC Restore is run from the F8 Boot menu. If no restore partition is accessible in Vista, then again Boot to the Vista DVD and format the NTFS partition and install VIsta.