I tried to reinstall XP on my Inspiron 8600 and all I succeeded in doing was nuking my computer.
I'm currently at the point where I insert the XP disc and it goes to windows setup, but then immediately shows a blue screen with the phrase "File \i386\ntkrnlmp.exe could not be loaded. The Error Code is 7. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit." From there the comp just reboots and the cycle continues.
So, the old install is gone and I continually get this error message when I get to Windows Setup and try to reinstall.
Other info: The initial reinstall stalled when some files couldn't be loaded. I reformatted the HD in NTFS and I'm using a SP2 XP disc.
Any help you can provide to get me out of this purgatory of errors and rebooting would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.