|Most Dell computers that have XP on them came with a Dell XP re-installation CD and a Dell Drivers and Applications CD or DVD, or similar. If your Aunt is the original owner, she may have both disks somewhere, if she can remember where they are. The network adapter drivers for the network adapter(s) that are built into the computer can be installed from that. |
If you installed Windows XP from a regular Microsoft CD , or from the Dell XP re-installation CD that came with it....
(I examined the the files and folders on a Dell XP re-installation CD - they are all identical to the files and folders on a regular OEM XP CD that has the same - or no - SP updates included , except for a few *.OEM files, and the Dell CD is missing a few Folders with files that are on the Microsoft OEM CD that aren't essential.)
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Load the main chipset drivers first.
"It does have the Dell recovery drive however I can't get ctrl=f11 to work when I boot"
Most Dell computers that have XP on them DO NOT have the type of Recovery partition that has all the files on the Recovery partition necessary to re-load the original contents of the C drive.
Crtl F11 to start the Recovery program is a Dell only feature - the prompt is built into the Dell bios. Something in the Dell supplied software for the model must be installed in order for the feature to work . If don't install the Dell software that makes that work, then that feature will not work.