I recently had a system meltdown which I was finally able to recover from by using the 'Last Known Good Configuration' option which seemed to take me to just a few minutes after my initial install of Windows XP.
Everything is running smooth now except for a few glitches as a result of there being Windows related programs still installed and trying to work that I assume XP thinks shouldn't be in the state they currently are. I was hoping that going through the Windows Update process would cause XP to then recognize my current (updated) versions of Windows Media Player, etc, but there's one issue. Assuming my logic is correct, my version of IE is not the one XP is expecting to interact with. I have IE 8. According to my 'Add/Remove Programs' list IE is not even on my system.
When I try to go to update.microsoft.com and proceed past the welcome page it does a lot of flashing and clicking and then takes me back to the same page with a little bubble on the tab bar that says "This tab has been recovered. A problem with this webpage caused Internet Explorer to close and reopen the tab."
Any ideas on how I can get past this?