That's Great News to read.
I'm glad that we got that one sorted.....now with regards to this....
Anyway on the laptop it is saying that it is not a genuine XP installation and comes up with all these annoying messages every time you login. It is a genuine XP installation. The victorian Education department pays a fortune to Bill Gates to make them a microsoft shop. What is more likely? that this is not reconigised as genuine as it is a "corporate" install or because the malware may have done something to the XP files?
This validation business is very fickle in that if Xp has been reinstalled too many times then it'll get 'bounced' by the WGA Tool.
What I recommend you do is contact Microsoft« on 13 20 58 during their office hours [0800 -2000 EST Monday to Friday] and explain to them what has happened, and make a point of the fact the computer belongs to Vic Ed. and they'll surely sort it for you.
More than likely, I'd say that the new WGA can't recognise the fact that its a corporate installation....I recently [ about six weeks ago] had the very same problem, but this was with a brand new OEM CD!
The boys and girls at Lane Cove were very apologetic after I explained it to them, and they told me then that this new WGA tool had created a 'tin of worms' with brand new CD's and corporate installations not being recognised for validation, and they got me to to do a couple of things that fixed the problem.
Unfortunately, I can't for the life of me remember what it was though...must be "age" creeping up on me!
One word of warning though, you might need the corporate CD at hand, as they could ask you questions about the numbers/letters that are on the centre spindle.
Give it a go, as they are very obliging and helpful, and I'm sure that they'll sort it for you.
Let's know the result.
P.S: I just noticed that they have an office in Melbourne too..it's...
Como Office Tower
644 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
[with the same phone number.]