He had to do something as an fdisk to wipe everything on my hard drive

I installed a new hard drive in the computer of my son a couple of days.  The installation included a ton of windows updates Windows XP Pro.  Everything worked very well this night the next morning, I decided to start the computer one last time before I gave it back to my son.  After I started it, I noticed there was another update to install.  This is the SP 3.  After that I installed and don't reboot, I went into the Device Manager just to check things out and found a few issues that I don't think were there before the SP 3 update.  Under "Other devices", he showed problems with a PCI device, a Serial Bus and a USB controller.

The computer is a Dell E521 and it came with Vista installed on it.  My son wanted to get the hard drive replaced so he could destroy it and he wanted to installed XP because he thinks, that it will sell faster with XP.

I tried to do a repair of XP, which does not solve the problem, and I tried to find the drivers for the PCI device, bus series and the download site controller driver Dell, but have no way to know what drivers will fix the problems and I spent a ton of time on the web, trying to find the drivers with no luck , so I decided that the easy way is to do a Fdisk.  However, after some research, I discovered that you can't do a Fdisk with XP.

Bottom Line: Someone can tell me how to wipe the hard drive and reinstall XP or can someone give me a link that has the necessary steps to wipe the hard drive and reinstall XP?

Thank you.

How to do a clean install of Windows XP

Start by changing the BIOS setting to start from the CD drive first.
Then see below:

Michael Steven: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
more information: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/XPClean.htm
and: http://www.theeldergeek.com/clean_installation_of_windows_xp.htm
also: http://www.bootdisk.com/

------------------------- Device drivers --------------------------------------

Access the Dell support web site and search for Windows XP drivers for your specific model number.
Using your Dell's Service tag number is the fastest way to get the correct drivers.

If there are drivers Windows XP then download to a folder on your hard drive and the install all of them.
beginning with the card mother/chipset drivers, SATA, Firewire (1394), LAN, Audio, etc, and so on.

For the problems of graphics card, see download the graphics card manufacturing site
for the latest Windows XP drivers for your card.
ATI: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
NVIDIA: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index5.aspx?lang=en-us

J W Stuart: http://www.pagestart.com

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