I am having a problem re-activating Windows. Here are the details:
I have a Dell computer running Windows XP Home. The system got infested with spy ware. I was able to get most of the spy ware out using the normal methods; Spy Sweeper, HiJack this, etc. After cleaning I ran Windows updates which installed IE 7. Everything was fine except that IE 7 would not connect to the Internet even though my connection was good. I decided to remove it and discovered there was nothing at all listed in the Add/Remove programs section. Going on the Internet, I was able to find a method of removing IE 7 via Recovery Console which I did. Once IE7 was gone, I started getting a missing file error on start-up. I decided to do a Repair Install from the Windows CD using the original product key from the side of the machine. Now Windows gets to the Welcome screen and allows me to select a user. As soon as a user is selected, a box pops up stating that Windows needs to be activated before I can log on. I click yes to activate, the screen goes to the desktop (no icons / task bar) for a split second and then returns to the Welcome screen. Safe-Mode gives almost the same results, always returning to the Welcome screen. Any suggestions? Keep in mind I can not get into Windows itself to run anything.