I think that I may have made a serious error when I deleted AOL from my system. The computer, which is a Dell Inspiron 600m with XP pro and Intel inside, was starting to run really slow. A check of the available space on the C: drive showed that the 40GB drive only had about 15% of free space left. So... like any other idiot that didn't know what they were doing, I started deleting programs, including AOL, that hadn't been used in years in an effort to free up space.
Now... I'm not sure if not having AOL installed is the cause of my root problem, which is not being able to load Explorer, but when I think back, it seems that the problem of not being able to load Explorer started right after the deletion AOL.
My question is this, which software disk that was supplied with the computer has the AOL software on it, and is the AOL software buried within another program on that disk?
The reason I ask is this... I accessed the Dell setup disk and there didn't appear to be a file for AOL.
This computer isn't used much these days, and it had been sitting for several months before firing it up yesterday. It's unfortunate that I made the deletions the last time I used it, because now there is no backup point for system restore to access.
Kind of in a bind here. I'm trying to get the last of the MS updates before they end support next month.
Thank you for any help, tips, or pointers of which direction I should proceed in order to restore the AOL program on this computer.