Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:37 PM
Hello, I am hoping for some help in reinstalling Windows XP on my Dell Laptop. I have reinstalled Windows numerous times, however I am having difficulties because my internal CD/DVD drive broke. I have an external CD/DVD drive that connects (and works) via USB, but I cannot get it to boot my Windows XP disc. I have already set my BIOS to boot via "USB" only, but Windows still cannot recognize or find a "bootable disk." My external drive is plugged into the USB, power is on while during boot phase, and I can add/remove CDs, yet Windows cannot find my boot disc!
Also, my the most recent BIOS on the Dell website was last updated in 2007 which is the same year as my current BIOS. I really hope to not have to resort to making a bootable thumb-drive.