try a different disk
I have the original Reinstallation bootable CD, Microsoft Windows XP Home, including service pack 1a, CD which came with the DELL 4600 Dimension desktop. I have also tried a copy of the CD which I made in case the disk itself was scratched, etc, and I also used the original CD to make a SP3 slipstream CD. The SP3 does not even get as far as the original. It gets hung up with a fatal error saying it doesn't have all the catalog informatio for setup. What kind of disk do you suggest in this situation, where I am trying to complete a repair install, not a new, fresh install?
I also have the other DELL disks that came with the machine, such as device drivers, diagnostics, etc.