|Win98 probably got "terrible slow" because it was loaded with all sorts of garbage. WinXP is gonna run "terrible slow" because you have a crappy 433MHz Celeron & I'm guessing you don't have enough RAM. 256MB will be slow, anything less would be a complete waste of time. Your system supports up to 512MB (2 x 256MB). I suggest you max it out or you're gonna be very disappointed with the XP performance.|
As for the installation, there was no need to format any other way than with the XP CD. Since you said you switched the boot order, so all you have to do is boot off the WinXP CD & take it from there. There is a prompt that comes up on the screen that says something like "press any key to boot off the CD....", it *may* be hidden behind the Dell splash screen. If you don't press a key at the right time, it won't boot off the CD.