Personally I think you're asking in the wrong place. This is not a specialised Windows support forum, and the answers you get here are not going to be the best. a) You can get IE6 with SP1 from the Microsoft website. This is a full install that includes both IE6 with the SP1 components built in. This is useful if you have an older browser and wish to replace it. There is a command line option that allows you to download all the setup files (if you wish to keep them for subsequent later use) b) You can attempt to "repair" IE6 rather than uninstalling and reinstalling c) Windows ME includes a "system restore" tool. You could try using that when Windows ME starts to go a bit "flakey" d) Windows XP does have an option to use share level access (if you really want to do it that way). Enable "Simple File Sharing" (most people don't want to do it that way though) e) When reinstalling Windows ME, I suggest removing the old installation first, then installing it afresh. Keeping two partitions on your hard disk (eg c: and d:) and keeping all your user files (eg documents, address book, mail) on the second partition helps immensely here, as you can format the c: partition without disturbing the d: partition. Cheers Ken : -----Original Message----- : From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On : Behalf Of DreamWriter : Sent: Saturday, 1 January 2005 9:22 PM : To: thelist at lists.evolt.org : Subject: [thelist] IE Service Pack Updates v Full Browsers : : This is my first post. Spinhead encouraged me to join this list to ask my : questions about the browsers stored on evolt.org. Thank you. : : I want to download the service packs only, not the full browsers, for : Internet Explorer. If you do not have the service pack updates and only have : full browsers, can you tell me where to get just the service packs for : Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, and 6.0? They are not on the Microsoft site any : more. If the service packs are on your site, how can I tell the difference : between them and the full browsers? : : WHY THIS IS NEEDED: : : Windows Me is a very unstable operating system, but I'm stuck with it. It : crashes a lot, gets corrupted easily, and often requires a Windows : reinstall. It is usually not possible to uninstall IE 6 SP1 and its service : packs first because most of them have no uninstall option, do not show up in : Add/Remove Programs, or will not uninstall even if they do show up there. : When I reinstall Windows Me after IE 6 SP1 has been on there, then what I : get is a mixed browser that's both part IE 5.5 and part IE 6 SP1. This mixed : browser will not always upgrade to IE 6 SP1. Sometimes it will, but : sometimes the installation of IE 6 SP1 will fail. In that case, the only way : to get 6 back on there is to install the service pack for IE 5.5 SP2. : Currently, that service pack is only available as a Windows Update for : Windows Me, but it is an "active setup" download, not the full update. When : Microsoft ends support for Windows Me, they will do away with the url for : the "active setup," making the "active setup" installer no good. : : If it is not possible to download just the service packs for Internet : Explorer, do you think that using the full browser install of IE 5.5 SP2 : will accomplish the same thing as putting the IE 5.5 SP2 service pack update : on there? I just want to get IE 6 SP1 back on there -- whatever I have to do : to accomplish that (short of reformatting the hard drive). Thanks. : : P.S. If Windows XP Pro was not so different from Windows 9x and was not so : picky about hardware and software and network setup (user level rather than : share level access) and was not so expensive, I would put it on here. The : cost to buy the operating system and implement it and have a technician come : out here to re-configure the network is beyond my means. The full retail : operating system itself is $300 (oem won't cut it, and neither will an : upgrade version). The hardware needed for XP compatibility would be more : than that. Some of my software would need to be updated to later versions, : and that's another expense. A technician visit? That would be pricey per : hour. Let's not dwell on that. I'll get depressed and start : hyperventilating!