I have a Dell Dimension 4600 running Windows XP Home. I want to reformat and reinstall Windows. Everywhere I've looked on the internet says to put the brown Windows XP CD in the drive, turn on the power, and press F12 while on the Dell screen. Then go down to "IDE CD-ROM device" and press enter, so it boots from the CD drive. The problem is, even if I do that, it still boots normally.
My friend's dad is a computer repair/technician guy and he said to boot from the Dell ResourceCD, but as with earlier, it didn't work.
Then he said to try, while on the Dell screen, pressing Ctrl+F11 and it should take me to a screen where I can reformat. But if I press that on the Dell screen it beeps and says "Keyboard failure" and then takes me to a screen that says "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start properly, this may have been caused by a recent hardware or software change" and asks me if I want to boot up in safe mode or normal.
Does anyone one know what the problem is or if I am doing something wrong?!?!