If you have already used the cd's to install the os, this will not work. there is another option which you can try.
Manual reinstallation can be the most time consuming and difficult method of those available. You will reinstall the operating system directly from the CD or DVD, install the drivers, configure the OS, install critical and recommended updates, install your applications and, if available, restore backed up data files.
Time to Complete: 120+ Minutes.
1. Remove non-essential peripherals
Modem or Network cables
Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
USB flash drive or other external Hard Drive
Any other external devices (e.g., USB-attached devices)
Remove the computer from the docking station, if you are using one.
Check to ensure that all your installation media is available. You will need the following:
The Dell™ Reinstallation CD for Microsoft® Windows® XP, or
The Dell™ Reinstallation DVD for Windows® Vista,
- The Dell Resource CD/DVD,
Reinstall the operating system from the OS Setup Disk.
Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and then restart your computer.
and watch for the Dell logo to appear.
When the Dell logo appears, press the <F12> key to load the Boot Menu. If the menu does not appear, restart the system and tap <F12> several times at the Dell logo screen.
When the Boot Menu appears, highlight the CD/DVD drive (listed as "CDROM", "CD/DVD" or "CD/DVD/CD-RW") entry from the list and press <Enter>.
If the message Press any key to boot from the CD... appears, press a key to continue booting to the CD.
In the Windows XP Setup screen press <Enter> to set up Windows XP.
In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, read the license agreement, and then press <Page Down> to scroll through the agreement.
Press <F8> to accept the terms and conditions specified in the license agreement
Highlight the largest partition and press <Enter>.
If you are prompted to format the partition, use the up or down arrow keys to highlight Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick). Press <Enter> or <F>, if applicable, to format the partition. In cases where the drive must be checked for errors, select the Format the partition using the NTFS file system option.
Setup will format the drive, if necessary, then copy the files needed for installation. This process can take several minutes. Once done, Windows will restart the computer to continue Setup from the hard drive.
Do not press any keys if the message Press any key to boot from the CD appears. The amount of time it takes to complete the above process varies,
depending on the speed and size of the computer. (it may happen if the computer restarts during the process, just wait and watch)
After the computer restarts, Setup continues with a graphical user interface (GUI) in the classic Windows theme. In this stage, you are asked to input information to personalize your installation. Your screen may blink several times during this process, which is normal. The information to input, and the order it is provided, is shown below:
Click Next on the Regional and Language Options window.
In the Personalize Your Software screen, type your name in the Name: field and your organization's name in the Organization: field, if applicable, and click Next.
In the Computer Name screen, type the computer name in the Computer Name: field if you want to change it from the name provided. For Windows XP Professional Edition users, type a password in the Administrator Password: field and then type the same password in the Confirm Password: field.
If the Modem Dialing Information screen appears follow the instructions below, otherwise continue on:
In the Modem Dialing Information screen, click to select the correct country/region for the What Country/Region are you in now? box.
Type your area code in the What area code (or city code) are you in now? box and the number in the If you dial a number to reach an outside line, what is it? box, if applicable.
Click to select one of the items below for The phone system at this location uses: box:
Tone dialing if your phone service uses tone dialing.
Pulse dialing if your phone service uses pulse dialing.
In the Date and Time Settings screen, verify that the correct Date, Time, and Time Zone appear, and click Next.
In the Networking Settings screen, click to select Typical, and click Next. If available, click Skip to skip the networking setup section. For Windows XP Professional users, click to select No, this computer is not on a network..., and click Next.
Setup will finalize the installation and should complete within 30 minutes of this point. Once complete, the computer will restart.
If you see the message Press any key to boot from the CD when the computer restarts, do not press any keys on the keyboard.
After the computer reboots, the newly installed operating system will attempt to configure itself for your detected devices, however many of your device drivers are not yet installed. Use the following to finish the configuration and prepare the computer for driver installation:
If the Display Settings message appears, click OK.
If a Monitor Settings message appears, click OK.
In the Welcome to Microsoft Windows window, click Next.
In the registration screen, click to select No, not at this time and click Next. You will be prompted to register your computer again later.
In the Do you want to set up Internet access now? window, click to select No, not at this time and click Next.
In the Who will use this computer? window, type the user name of your choice in the Your name: text box. Type the name of any additional Users that will be using the computer in the additional text boxes provided.
Click Next to continue.
Windows XP now starts for the first time and is ready for driver installation.