...the "Reinstallation CD" because it contains the operating system.. Place the CD in the CD drive, then restart the computer.. It should then give you the various options for deleting the previous partitions, creating a new one, then installing the operating system. Some of the Dell "Reinstallation CDs" are nothing more than a Windows XP installation disc. If there aren't specific options given to you when the CD loads, you can usually use the instructions in the link below to get things done. The link provides pictures of what you should see during the process so you can repartition, reformat, then reinstall the operating system.:
After the operating system is installed and you restart the computer and set up the users, then it's time to install all of the drivers using the Resource CD, then the modem software, then the system software..
And after that, assuming you've got everything running, then you'll need to assure you've got all the correct Windows Updates. Many of the installation CD's don't include Service Pack 3 for XP.. If you need to install SP3, see the link below for instructions:
Update: Preparing Your Windows XP Computer For SP3
After installing SP3 to XP, then visit the Windows Update site and install all remaining critical updates for Windows and all other programs.
Hope this helps.
i have to redo the Dell Dimension 2400 i have ...a resource CD(device drivers,diagnostic and utilities,computer documentation).....a modem software for Microsoft CD(drivers,diagnostics and utilities,online documentation,modem on hold).....a for reinstalling dell tools system software CD(antivirus,support,multimedia,internet software).....reinstallation CD(windows xp h.ed.).....user documentation CD(HTML user doc.,drivers INF,ICM,CAT files) AND I HAVE TO REPARTITION. HOW DO I PARTITION AND WHAT ORDER DO I INSTALL THESE CD'S HEAD OF CONFUSION