The internal hard drive on my wife's Dell Inspiron 6000 crashed, so I'm getting a replacement hard drive from Dell. I'll need to boot up as well as install XP and other software, but her internal CD ROM drive doesn't work. (She hasn't really needed it before, so we just didn't replace it. I don't want to buy a new one ($110 from Dell) just for the installation.) (No floppy, either.)
So I'm thinking that if it's possible to boot up and install windows from an external CD, then I'll just find one to borrow.
Any help is much appreciated.