I “gave away” my copy of XP because I didn’t need it anymore. An acquaintance of mine had his system crash, and I put that copy of XP onto a spare computer (that couldn’t handle anything more than XP anyhow). Problem is, I used a “slim” copy of XP that I had customized for myself, to remove everything that I did not personally need (I couldn’t find the original disk at the time).
Among the things removed, he needs two features re-enabled.
One is Outlook Express. He has OE files that he still accesses on a regular basis, and he prefers OE to all other email clients. I had removed Internet Explorer completely from the original slim, but installed (and hid) IE8 so that he could manually do Windows Updates whenever he wanted. How do I get OE back onto the system? The IE6 installer (which piggybacks OE6) quits when it finds IE8.
The second is System Restore. I never understood the need for system restore, as it often caused far more problems for me than it solved. Plus, until recently what I had available for boot drives was very constrained -- I didn’t want to waste the space. Unfortunately, he really, really wants System Restore back. I know it is fully excised from the system because it doesn’t even show up as a tab in System Properties… there are only six tabs, not seven available.
I am hoping to re-enable these two features without having to re-install XP.