I was initially able to access the internet after getting back into Windows, however, I ran the Windows update function to get patches, etc. as recommended and can no longer get IE to launch. I get the following note: "The 'Drive Letter Acccess Component' add-on version '126.96.36.199' published by '(Not verified) Sonic Solutions' is not compatible with Internet Explorer 8." It doesn't matter which of the 3 selections I choose (1. Check online for update, 2. Always open IE without this add-on, or 3. Keep using add-on anyway at risk of IE crashing), IE will not launch. I also tried Start/Accessories/System Tools/Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) and it will not open.
I'm looking for any suggestions on what to do next.
Thanks for the help.