Re: Win XP Home & Networks
You can install XP without a direct Internet connection. If there is a modem in the PC it can dial itself out to MS to register. If you don't have a modem, you can do the phone registration. You start the registration, choose phone, call MS at the number that shows in the wizard and read the long number to the operator. He will read you back a long number combination that you type into XP to register it.
If you tell MS you are moving the install to a new PC because the old one died, it won't cost you. Don't do it too many times though.