+ 0 Votes Did you press the Any Key? ThumbsUp2 4 years ago Often, when booting to CD, there is text on the screen which says something like "To continue booting to CD, press a key" and it has a timer running. If you don't see the text because it's behind the DELL logo, the timer will expire and it will continue to try and boot to the next item in the boot list, often the hard drive. So, with the XP CD in the drive, turn the system on. Shortly after you turn the system on, try pressing any key except the one which enters the BIOS, like maybe an arrow key or the spacebar... maybe even multiple times while it's booting. See if that solves the problem. + 0 Votes The BIOS install mode simply limits RAM to allow older OS to be installed robo_dev 4 years ago When set to On, memory is limited to 256 MB to allow the installation of older operating systems that have 2 GB memory limits. + 0 Votes CD Drive Not Recognized langr 4 years ago I'm going to assume worst-case: you're unable to configure BIOS to recognize CD drive to boot from Windows CD (first, you may want to try physically disconnecting the drive, then reconnecting). I've encountered this situation before and wound up removing the hard drive, connecting to another computer (via USB adapter - very handy to have around and only cost about $20), then either transferring the files or running diskcheck to rebuild files/index. + 0 Votes If your computer does not boot, how did you test another software CD robo_dev 4 years ago in the drive? Did you boot an alternate OS such as Linux? Just to clarify, you're trying to boot from the XP disk, correct? + 0 Votes I suspect tintoman 4 years ago that you have not correctly set the boot order to boot from the CD drive First of all you will need to boot to the bios setup and make sure your CD drive is detected there. Restart the computer and press the F12 key when the Dell splash screen is showing. select the CD ROM drive from the list, press enter Press any key to boot from the disk + 0 Votes When you Jacky Howe 4 years ago placed My Windows XP Disk in to my sister laptop and it worked fine !! even when i did a reboot that that laptop just to make sure. were you booting from the CD or just reading it. + 0 Votes Dell's OS install mode yesiamuplate 4 years ago Dells sometimes have an OS install mode in the BIOS. You will need to turn that option on. It's probably under the system setup subgroup.