I have a Dell Dimension 3000, one year old, running WinXP Pro version 2002, that came with SP2 already installed. Using Windows firewall and AVG.
For the past 6 months or so, my Internet Explorer will not open at all. When I click on the icon, the icon flickers and there is also a faint icon that appears in my taskbar which disappears instantly. I can get online via AOL 9.0 SE, and also through Firefox with no problems.
I cannot get automatic Windows updates because of this, but I've done all available updates manually, the last being 3 days ago. I cannot access any Windows help areas. Microsoft Money will not do automatic downloads, so I have to do those manually from my banking site. This is getting to be more hassle than I want to deal with.
Every site I've checked about repairing IE tells me to insert the installation disk, but I do NOT have the original installation disk. When I bought my computer Dell was not including them nor offering the option of buying them.
The other day a friend gave me an unopened XP Pro version 2002 disk that he retrieved from the trash when his company was upgrading their computers. Is it legal and ethical for me to use this disk? If so, would I be able to repair my IE with it? And, most important, how would I do that? XP is still a mystery to me in many ways.
Would it be better to download the new IE7 beta?
I'm sorry this was so long, but I wanted to include all the information I could. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.