|1. locate your license key. if you don't have a sticker on the box, use magic jellybean.|
2. to avoid re-activation after a re-installation, follow these instructions:
3. use ANY windows xp cd matching your OS version (i.e. xp home sp2) to install windows. the key will work.
4. forget steps 1-3 and get legal. to the best of my knowledge, dell never shipped pentium 3 based systems with windows xp. the pentium 4 cpu was introduced in november 2000, long before windows xp has been released to the general public (and oem pc builders).
Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'