I have this older XP machine that I use mostly to check emails and play Pandora in Firefox. I don't browse the internet on it or open any emails that I don't know the source of. (I'm more than what you would call an advanced computer user and I know how one can avoid getting a virus.)
I was always erked by a multitude of the popup update messages on that machine so I stopped paying attention to them about a year ago or so. But recently my friend insisted that I install all of them. For some dumb reason I gave in to this pressure and allowed updates to be installed overnight. In the morning when I rebooted my computer, it was visibly slower and when I was trying to play Pandora radio (the computer's main function) the playback was stuttering like crazy. It took me several days to find a solution. Eventually someone suggested to do System Restore, which I did. It helped to get rid of the "stuttering" in playing Pandora, but now I got a new problem.
When I open my Outlook Express 6 and try to type an email, I usually use Del key to correct words, but for some reason since I installed all those updates, the Del key stopped working. I know that the physical Del key works just fine (I tried it in Notepad without a problem) it's just that for some reason it doesn't work in Outlook Express.
I did some search online on this subject and almost every hit I got was suggesting reinstalling the IE. But, I do not want to install that piece of &$^#$ because I'm more than sure it was the cause of the issue with "stuttering" Pandora (I saw one of the updates was the update to the IE 8 or such.)
Is there any way to fix this not working Del key without installing the IE?