Originally Posted by j.venning
First of all the disc is meant for a dell which probably means it verifies the tag number etc.....
Exactly, give up now, Dell oem Windows won't install on a generic pc.
Your cheapest option to get XP Pro is the Academic Upgrade version, last time I bought one it was $A99.00 (approx $US75.00)
You then need to do a clean install from the upgrade disk, which at some stage will ask you for a "previous operating system disk" to verify you can use the upgrade. Any windows disk apart from win95 will do, no key code needed just the disk, once the XP installer has verified the disk the install will proceed to completion.