Greetings,
I have a retail version of XP Pro. I installed it on my son's computer
which is
not connected to the internet. It gave the 30 days to active countdown.
Well,
due to inattentiveness, and him being away, we let it expire. I moved the
computer
down to my network, but couldn't log in as the 30 days had expired and it
couldn't
active (I hadn't setup the network on his computer yet). So, Pull out the
XP Pro
CD and install.

Problem: Everything goes along well. Go through the network configuration
and
then it prompts for the Win XP Pro CD as it needs files. Nothing I can do
will
let it see the CD. If I cancel (and skip) the files it needs, XP goes
through and
finishes up. I can log in, ping the network, etc. Only... Internet
Explorer is not
installed and whenever I click to active, it just disappears. Next reboot,
it
warns about the 30 day limit.

I have tried installing 3 times (blew away the partition each time) with the
same
result. The XP Pro disk looks good. Not dirty or scratches.

Any ideas on how to get by this problem ?

thanks,
Darryl