This is NOT an Internet Explorer question.
I do not have access to this machine.
I loaded Windows XP Media Center Edition on a 1 - 2 yr old Gateway PC using the supplied Gateway recovery CD.
I downloaded the correct chipset, nic, video card, sound card drivers from Gateway and installed those.
I put the MVP Hosts file in the correct location.
I loaded and updated AVG antivirus.
There was no (zero) crapware installed from the recovery disk.
Once XP was installed, I unplugged the machine, went outside and blew the dust out of it.
I came back in and it booted fine.
I then demonstrated to the user that the PC had internet access.
The administrator account has a password
The user account created when XP Media Center Edition was installed has no password
Logon is automatic, no choosing user or entering password. (yeah, yeah, i know, bad practice.)
When the user got home, they say that EVERYTHING they click produces
Windows cannot access the device path or file
or words to that effect.