Assuming the CD drive is working, that sounds correct. On that PC, the reinstall disc should boot and proceed to run the setup. Just so we are on the same page, that CD should have something along the line of "Operating System already installed on you computer, reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Professional" Is that close to what it has on the CD?
My son gave me a Dell Dimension 4600 w/Windows XP Pro..I had to order the re-installation CD from Dell for that computer..How do you do it?? I thought I knew..I went to setup and disabled all the boot sequence except for the cd drive where the cd sat..went to reboot, but the cd didn't run.. the screen said " press F1 to continue, F2 to reboot...nothing else happened like it wasn't recognizing the cd in the drive??...what am I doing wrong Thanks!!