As you may recall Dell OEM disks can't be slippstreamed (is that a word?)
Can I use my XP Home upgrade disk (that I got from Kazaa ---only kidding!--- I bought it to upgrade a Win ME machine) to make a slipstream and then can I use this disk to reformat my Dell. Dell provides the drivers on a separate disk?
I've just made a new XP Pro CD with SP2 incorporated and then performed a clean install on my test PC.
Works like a charm and on first boot the new Security control page prompts you to activate Auto-Update and the Firewall is activated by default.
I also checked in Services and found that Windows Messenger Service is also disabled by default.
Here is the link on how to slipstream SP2: