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Reinstalling OS problem

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My friend tried to reformat his HDD. For some reason it doesn't work. He has a Dell Dimension.

I told him to set BIOS to boot the CD first, but it doesnt work. Windows simply boots up, we've tried both cd drives.

Then I told him to boot in windows..
When he boots it in Windows it works until the step to Install XP and then this pops up

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Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

Warning: If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered.

To install the version on the CD, restart your computer, boot from this CD, and follow the instructions for a new installation.

Warning: The default setup options will replace your existing version of Windows with this version. If you wish to keep both versions you must select a new destination folder for this version of Windows. If you decide to delete the newer version of Windows that is currently installed on your computer, the files and settings cannot be recovered.
what the ..???
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It should go to the cd rom first, if it doesn't there could be something wrong with the disk or rom drive. You are getting that error msg in windows probably because his xp cd is pre SP2, therefore older than the one he has on the pc now. If its a newer dell you can try crtl-f11 and see if it has a recovery partition.
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I have seen Dell BIOS to get to boot menu by pressing F12. Then you can force CD Boot.
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Tried, didnt work either.
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Magnets are fun...

At least, the magnet worked on our old seagate...
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What??

Very nice rig btw
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