I installed the service pack 2 for Windows XP and it tells me I don't have a virus scanner installed. I guess microsoft doesn't yet recognize F-prot as being legitimate antivirus software.
Well, as bug as Windoze ME can be it seems that a quick brush off as an inferior op sys was too hasty. Doing some light research, I realized all I had to do was run a windows update and reinstall IE (which was slightly roundabout, considering the ole32.dll error prevented me from opening the Microsoft webpage. Oh, Mozilla, how I love thy free downloadability)
With any luck, none of you will have to troubleshoot Windows ME... but if you do, Google and some poking around are your friends.
My sister's machine at home is running Windows ME (yeah- I know.) And she thought there was spyware on it. Regedit.exe was entered, and Ole.dll was ripped from much of the registry. This is a bad thing. The system is now most unstable, receiving a panoply of error messages from Helpctr to the dreaded Kernel32. Further, it will not print, nor can it open IE windows in the "open-in-new window" feature... the shift+click trick doesn't get around this.
So.... basically, the question is: how do I fix a hosed registry that's had Ole.dll removed against its will?