The reinstallation CD is the same as the Windows XP CD-ROM. It won't erase the hard drive drive unless you tell it to. Note that you should be able to install the Backup utilitiy by going to Control Panel - Add Remove Programs - Windows Components. If it needs the CD, it will ask for it.
The Dell Reinstallation CD says that it WILL ERASE the hard drive, so I am afraid to even put it in the computer. Has anyone tried this, just to install the Backup Utility? Using the Inspiron 8100.
Where does it say "WILL ERASE". ?
To manually install Backup:
Insert the Windows XP Home Edition CD into the CD or DVD drive.
Click Perform additional tasks.
Click Browse this CD.
Click Value Add.
Click NT Back installer.
Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation of the backup utility.
After installation use Start >All Programs >Accessories >System Tools >Backup
DELL 2600 Laptop
256 Mb RAM 18GB Hard Drive
Dial up Modem 56Kb
I'm trying to follow your directions for installing backup utility. I have Dimension 2400, Windows XP home edition, and have installed service pack 2 couple of months ago. You stated that after putting in the reinstallation CD, one should go to Windows Explorer. Since i purchased this computer, i have never been able to find Windows Explorer in the Program Files!! Is there another path i can follow?