Good to see you are still with us, HJ
.. and hope life is good to you, in your "neck" of the world.
Not interested in use of IE for browsing.. using Firefox.. and almost all sites accept that model. Have gone through the Registry, looking for errors.. and nothing noted that could be keyed differently. The .NET framework process is duly installed and working properly, and the XML/C+++ features also are 'working normally'. But those XP updates will not register. Likely there is a glitch in the OS structure, having had a three-time OS install.. from Win 98SE to Win 2K to XP. But it is working without problems.. so "if not broken, don't fix it" is the byword for now.
I do a weekly sweep of useless files and folders.. using Total Commander. All those 'temp' files that are old are just hogging space, and any zero-length files too. Any updates have been zipped to a master file, taking up maybe 1/10th the space. The older OS components have also been taken out, so no confusion as to propriety of program file usage. Just that with several gigs of "old" game programs that I enjoy, they cannot be renewed for registration. The registration was carried forth in the upgraded Registry.
Yes, maybe I am still riding an "old horse".. but they don't need new tires every few years!!
F@H.. to solve mankind's maladies.. in our lifetimes!