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Reinstall Windows XP


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Have many issues with my comp, would like to clean it out and start over. I have all the CDs to reinstall but I do not know where to start. I have a Dell Dimension 4600, 512 MB Pentium 4 Service Pack 1 with Windows XP. Can someone please help me with this? Thank you
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Are you concerned with backinig up any data or are you just ready to format and install Windows fresh?
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Just start fresh
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Look at this article that explains the process. It's really fairly straight-forward. You will need your Windows reinstallation CD and the Drivers CD (it may be called a Resource CD) that came with your Dell system. If you don't have the Driver CD, you'll need to download the drivers from Dell's website. Be sure to download and save (to USB drive, floppy, or CD) them before formatting your drive, because you won't be able to get back online afterward without the Network Adapter driver. There may be other vital drivers, but I can't think of them at this time.

Please let us know how it goes.
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Hey I'm just a random person like you, but I also have a couple Dell Dimensions at home. I have a purple colored disk that has Operating System Windows XP on it, I don't know if it's the same for you. But I just put that in my CD-Drive and restart my computer. While it's booting up, I keep hitting F12 to make it load the Boot Device Menu, when it gets there, it should ask you where you want to load it from, and you should choose the number saying IDE CD-ROM Device or something like that. Then the rest is following the instructions.

LOL. I was typing this before I saw LindaGail's post. I was trying to help but LindaGail's is better. Sorry if it wasn't my place.

Edited by Lambert Nguyen, 03 February 2007 - 11:23 PM.

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help please.
I did all that thearticle said but now my computer says it cannot detect modem. I have tried everything I can think of including starting from scratch twice. Still, it says no modem. What am I doing wrong and can someone please help me soon? Thank you
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