Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData
You definately do NOT want to use the Dell disks with a new motherboard. Those disks are specifically designed for the existing motherboard. Your going to want to have the correct chipset drivers
installed on the motherboard, which the Dell disks will NOT have on them. Just install XP using your clean install CD, then use his key to activate. All should be well then.
on a modern PC this is VERY UNLIKELY to work as the disks will be SATA. I'll almost bet you a million dollars to a bucket load of "Rear End of Horse" that if you just try and run a Windows XP install disk (even with SP3 installed) you'll get a message "Windows is unable to find any Hard disks".
You won't be able to dynamically load the drivers either - even if you have them since the Windows XP install will tell you to press F6 (I think) and insert a floppy disk -- ages since I saw one of those.
What you need to do is integrate the SATA drivers BEFORE doing the install.
You'll find plenty of help on this site.
Browse the relevant links to find out what you need to do -- it's not that difficult -- and burn to CD (or DVD) +RW so if you make mistakes you can re-burn.