I have searched and reviewed many posts on this subject already, but none seem to have fixed my problem - although to be truthful, none are trying to accomplish exactly the same task I am working on. I am working on a 4 year old Dell Inspiron E1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. My ultimate goal is to wipe the hard drive of all files and totally freshen up the computer so I can hand it down to my daughter. I don't want to save any files; I want to make it like a brand new computer. I do have a Windows Reinstallation CD Sevice Pack 1a. I first started out with a 'Missing System32\hal.dll' file error message. Tried to boot off of the CD as recommended, now I have a 'ntldr missing' error message. Is there an easier way to accomplish what I am trying to do rather than chase around error messages around one by one? Failing that, suggestions on what to do next. Thanks much.