Preparing a Dell Dimension 8200 for donation-how to install WinXP Home after drive wiped clean
Posted on 2008-06-09
I have an older Dell Dimension 8200, Pentium 4, 1.9 GHz processor with 1 GIG of RAM, 80 GIG HD. I want to donate the computer, and therefore want to clean it of everything before I do. I do not want to just reformat and reinstall the OS. I have a copy of DriveScrubber 2 that I want to use to wipe the HD clean. I also have the Dell Reinstallation CD for XP Home, and the Dell Drivers and Utilities CD. I do not have a Microsoft WinXP Home CD, just the Dell Reinstall disk.
I would like to know, step-by-step, how to install XP Home from the Dell Reinstallation CD after DriveScrubber is finished doing its thing. According to their Knowledgebase "A hard drive that DriveScrubber wipes is reverted to a blank state".
Once the HD is in a blank state, how do I get the computer to boot to the Dell Reinstallation CD? Do I have to format the HD first? If so, how?