Thanks Caperjac and Blatboy for the info...that link must have helped Caperjac-seems last night when I went to turn off my pc there were some downloads, evidently four that took over, downloaded and closed shop. I'm not sure what they were exactly(prelude fix to a re-install/dl from ms?) since I was already off the desktop and only ms does this. This morning I got the first email link from you-tried it out of the aol browser and got through to MS updateland. Seems both the yellow shiels appeared in the tray area then the familiar light blue window of 'install IE 8 ' appeared and started running non-ie install but instead every from the updates (?) through ms malware tool to a quick IE 8 install-but went fast-and had to be a scan since I thought I already had ie8 installed???
Anyway, it all dl and I selected restart and boot twice off the F8
boot menu, checked with Belarc Advisor to audit everything, though I know it can be done in cmd, and everything seems to be up and running good so far-no hitches and I've been on the machine several hours today.
Glad I didn't have to do the excercise you brought-up Blatboy but thanks for the advise; I'll may need it someday.
Never seen an ie browser repaired this way before, hmmm ya think microsoft is going to greater lenghts to make it easier on users now?
I did send a boatload of error reports now that I think about it