Step by step how to format C drive on Dell Inspirion 2400

Hello,
how would i go about reformatting my Dell Inspirion 2400. Some say reboot and press ctrl + F11 , done that nothing happens. Try and install CD to erase , CD drive does not read the CD. I remember when i spoke to Dell many years ago we did it through dos. Can someone please help and let me know at smileyval@yahoo.com
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  1. I assume you want to wipe the drive and have a clean windows install:

    You need to either enter the boot menu, or enter the BIOS and set the CD drive as the first boot device.

    When you start up, look at the bottom for a keystroke to enter the boot menu. Then restart. Tap the key to enter the boot menu. Insert the restore disc. Then choose the CD drive to boot from.
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