I had to wipe my hard drive last year and reinstall Windows. Since I couldn't find my Windows XP disc, my son gave me his as he wasn't ever going to use it again. Everything went fine installing, but I couldn't activate it. I finally managed to get around that with a key he gave me and got around the 30 day-activation with something the reset the oobe.bnk. (Which I found on Microsoft's site.) That fix was only good for 4 uses. I was hoping to find a way to fix the activation issue but never got around to it. Well, now Windows needs to be activated. One thing I didn't know until a few days ago is that the CD he gave me is OEM. I've read the stickies about changing VLK to OEM. Is that something that can be done in reverse- changing OEM to VLK? I did use the oembios tool to make sure that my computer does have at least some of the things I read about. I just don't know where to go from here. Can it be done? There's so many different stickies and tools that I'm not sure what I could or should use here. Or am I better off just wiping the drive and installing another Windows version? Oh, something else I wondered about- I can get on the internet and use most of my programs as long as I access c: through IE, which I get to come up by clicking the link in the activation screen. Is that normal? I keep thinking I'm not supposed to be able to do this.