I brought an older system tower home from work so that I could wipe the drive and reinstall windows XP. I have reformatted the drive and when windows goes to log in for it's first use, it comes up with "This copy of Windows must be activated with Microsoft before you can log in". I can't get beyond that, because I need to install drivers to make the network card work, so I'm stuck in a loop. I am using a OEM copy that was origionally used and I am using the same license key as well. I've tried reformatting the drive by using debug and fdisk. I even managed to boot to safe mode and used sysprep to try and reset the activation. It won't let me do that either. I am at a loss on this one. I think that there might be some firmware on the motherboard that has a "memory".
Anyone have any ideas???