After removing a recent infection, I used my OS disk from DELL to 'refresh' (chose the "Upgrade" option in the install process) XP, Pro. After the install finished I logged in normally but got a message box saying something to the effect of "This copy of Windows needs to be activated by MicroSoft, activate now?". When I choose "yes" or "no", the system immediately logs me off without "activating".
I am using the original DELL XP CD, entering my license code (which it accepts). I have tried this a couple of times with the same results. I even tried my DELL desktop XP CD, which was bougth at the same time. Same deal either way.
Thanks for your help,