|Right click on the Start button, then click Properties. Click the Taskbar tab & make sure only the following boxes are checked: Keep the taskbar on top of other windows, Show Quick Launch, Show the clock. Click Apply. You'll now have access to IE via Quick Launch.|
If IE isn't listed on the Start menu, go to Start > All Programs, find IE on the list, right click on it & select "Pin to Start menu". You'll now have access to IE via the Start menu.
If you want an IE icon on the desktop, download & install TweakUI:
Once it's installed, go to Start > All Programs > Powertoys for Windows XP & click Tweak UI. In the left column, click Desktop, then on the right, check the box next to IE. Click Apply. You'll now have access to IE via a desktop icon.