Well, I ran the Dial-a-fix program. I can now run Windows Update but now it asks me to Validate Windows. When I try to validate, it fails. They suggest that I Activate Windows XP. So I look for the validation program in the start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools folder, not there. So I do some research and am told to type "oobe/msoobe /a" in the run dialogue to run the activation program. Nothing happens! Not even an error message!
I am being driven slowly insane! I know it's a legal copy of Windows because we (my company) bought it from Dell (
hey, it wasn't my idea) preinstalled on the system.
Please help me before I slip into the abyss of everlasting Microsoft cockups!