Hey Keith, I tried what you suggested but that gave the same result. It's odd too, cause I remember activating my copy of XP right when I first bought it; without any problems at all. So I don't know if this truly is fake or if it has been messed up somehow during time. Frankly though, it's not my top priority right now. I'm focusing on the freezing problem right now, I'll deal with this afterwards.
I found a non-Microsoft site that had a the SP2 for download (without the validation thing), and attempted to install that. But I got the error "setup cannot update your Windows XP files because the language installed on your computer is different from the update language" so that didn't work either.
Like I said before, is there perhaps anywhere I could just download an updated video adapter driver (since that's what wannabe1 thought could be the culprit)? Or perhaps the Everest log has shown something else now, if you've had the time to finish looking through it wannabe1? I'll take any ideas, but it's starting to feel hopeless
Sorry for being such a bother, guys.