QUOTE (Van @ Jun 26 2011, 09:00 AM)
About once a year I reinstall the system without any problems, so why am I having this problem now?
If I could chime in on this bit, I've been working on my XP as well and after creating a PE CD and went to test it in a virtual machine I, too, was asked to "agree", fill in "name", "computer name", etc., etc. Can't say where I read this (and I mean within the past few months), but it is my understanding that Microsoft doesn't necessarily
allow the re-installing of OS some x-number of times -- I think it was 3 to 5 -- before they somehow *magically* start to prevent this action from being repeated again.
I could be totally wrong about this, but if it's true, you may want to look into creating backups of your entire XP system (assuming you'll get it done OK this
time) and using a program like CloneDisk or other "disk" copying/cloning software. Assuming you ARE able to restore system as you want it (like when you first got XP), I would copy the entire disk where your XP resides, date it and use THAT next year, instead of your original XP installation CDs.
Just thought this was worth mentioning and I doubt Microsoft will be too sympathetic, but you never know, right?
Others in here are WAY more knowledgeable than I. It is only because of them that I now have *my* XP back from the grave.....