The reason for either of these annoying interruptions is that the driver for your hard disk simply isn’t on the Windows XP CD….bummer eh.You probably don’t have a floppy drive either, right?Those instructions are from 10 to 15 years ago or more. A BIOS update made to run in Windows, should be run in Windows.The instructions are for old DOS based BIOS updates. A bootable pendrive has no size restrictions and more importantly: you can create a BACKUP before updating the BIOS - and that's always a good idea! If you would like to show these hidden files, you have to enable the option: "Windows-Explorer / Tools / Folder options / View / Show hidden files and folders" and to disable the option "Hide protected operating system files". The reason I'm trying to do this I update the wrong version of bios..
That complicates updating your BIOS, especially when most people will recommend that you never use Dell's BIOS Flash updates within the Windows enviorment. Create a bootable CD with the flash update program on it. You can use any burning software that you prefer as long it supports creating a bootable CD. This image file will be used to make the CD bootable. The image contains only the neccessary DOS system files and different ATAPI- and SCSI- CDROM-Drivers. Scroll down the left side and select "CD-ROM (Boot) 4.
It is the first software your PC loads so that it can use things like CD drives, mice, and keyboards practically from the moment you turn it on.
This guide will help you flash (update) your BIOS by taking the right precautions and walking you through each step.
I don't have much on the PC right now, so if I reinstall Windows I won't lose much (and I have a flash drive with the important stuff on it).
For more info on the problem with the executable that I was having: superuser.com/questions/1241271/…
This article gives you step by step instructions on how to create a new Windows XP CD from your existing CD plus add in the vital SATA driver that Windows setup so badly desires.