My computer crashed while working on recovering some deleted/lost files (blue screen) and after that wouldn't enter any mode for Windows (safe-mode, command prompt, last known config etc.) - since I had recently backed up all my files, I decided to format the harddrive and start over.
Since my computer (dell dimension 3100 desktop) came with Win XP Home already installed I ended up borrowing my parents' copy of the original XP Home. It worked fine and my original product key worked during the Win install, but now I'm stuck in the 'log on' part where Windows keep asking me to confirm my product code via the internet. I've got a LAN connection plugged in and the connection works fine (I'm using it to post this through my laptop) but I keep getting 'can't connect to the internet' error and an option to 'confirm via telephone'.
I've tried to click retry several times rebooting the computer but there was no change. If I click 'remind me later' it takes me back to the Log on to Windows screen.
I'd love to hear any suggestions on how to solve this problem, it's driving me crazy.
Thanks so much in advance!