Why am I being asked to re-activate XP?

Soldato
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This morning, everytime I restart my work PC I get this message

"since windows was first activated on this computer the hardware on the computer has changed and you need to re-activate Windows XP"

I haven't made any hardware changes since yesterday. Its also lost the coloured task bar and is now old fashioned grey.

Is this a virus?
 
Soldato
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Sorry - I haven't made any hardware changes at all.

I can access the internet through our network but can't access the files on the network. I've tried to look in device manager to see if the network card has a warning flag and the device manager comes up blank.

When I'm asked to activate windows it won't do it online (yet I can access the internet)
 
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