Well I guess this is not going to work either. I keep getting different error about files and programs being used by the system or another user.. I'm the only user so it has to be the system..
Should I just copy my docs? I don't think I have anything save anywhere else. Or maybe I should copy everything but the windows folder. Will this work?
Don't try to copy the Windows folder. As I understand your situtation from post #1, you're mainly concerned with keeping personal files, music, etc. If you're sure you have nothing saved anywhere else, copying the Docs and Settings folder would be sufficient. I had suggested a full backup fo your hard drive to cover the possibility that you might have something vital elsewhere. For example, on my computer at home, our accounting database lives in the Program Files folder. (I'm going to change it!)
The disk I have states on it that it is a reinstall disk of windows only. So I hope it is what I want. I guess I'll find out soon enough. Even If it not I won't be out anything. I'll Just still have all the crap from Dell. Then I'll be back here again for help of COMPLETELY removing all the dell software.
windows XP CD instead of the dell recovery CD
Every Dell system comes with the Windows reinstallation CD AND a Resource CD for installing additional software. This Resource CD contains the drivers for that particular system. If you don't have a Resource CD, then you will have to rely on pulling all drivers off Dell's website. I'd recommend downloading them all before you reinstall Windows. Go to support.dell.com, choose "Drivers & Downloads". On the next page, enter your service tag OR Product Type and Model. You'll be presented with a page of all the drivers available for the components on that particular model. Open Device Manager and go down the list of components, to be sure you don't miss anything.