Are you restricted from downloading (to a flash drive, for example) on the pc you are using to access the Cnet forum here?
If you can download using the pc you composed your message on, use a flash/thumb drive, which should be recognized natively by XP.
Get your drivers directly from DELL:
They're all there. Just put in your model. Get the ethernet drivers first. The video is probably more of an annoyance right now. If you know the brand of the video card (such as Nvidia), get them from the manufacturer's website.
I recently inherited a Dell desktop. 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 with 256MB of RAM. The OS is Windows XP Home Edition version 2002 Service Pack 2. I decided to wipe the machine clean and reinstall the OS using the provided Dell reinstallation CD. First issue ... During the install I was notified of partitions on the hard disk. I was given the option to delete the partitions or leave everything as it was. I opted to not mess with it and leave it be. Should I have deleted the partitions? Second issue ... The Dell reinstallation CD did not include software or drivers. After examining the CD I noticed it said "this cd is not for reinstallation of software or drivers" in small print. The computer starts up fine but there aren't any drivers installed. I can't connect to the internet or even adjust my monitor. My device manager has yellow exclamation and question marks under Other devices/ethernet controller, multimedia audio controller, pci simple communications controller, and video controller. I don't have any of the cds for the hardware and I can't connect to the internet to download anything so I'm stuck. Don't really know where to go from here guys. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.