|What was wrong that prompted you to run the recovery in the 1st place?|
Do you have backup discs with WMP9, IE6, drivers, etc on them? or do you have to redownload everything from scratch? If you don't have backups, you just learned a valuable lesson...not only should you backup your important data, but you should also backup your drivers & programs. And you should immediately turn off System Restore & leave it off. It doesn't work right & never did, all it does is screw things up & slow the system down.
Contrary to popular opinion, WinME was a decent OS, but it has to be setup properly. There are a LOT of tweaks that should be done to make it perform well & one of them is to turn off the stupid System Restore! Follow Black Viper's tweaks:
"I'm not sure that would work right because even if I try to install version 7 its version 9 that gets installed and I don't know if that will work unless I get the IE6 installed"
Don't be so paranoid about installing stuff...it's just a computer, it can always be fixed. Besides, WinME shipped with WMP7, you don't have to reinstall it.
Download & save this file (it's a direct download link):
Windows Media Player 9 Series (for Windows 98 SE, Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows 2000)
Unfortunately M$ didn't supply a full downloadable version of IE6 so you have no choice but to use their installer:
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
"Now my CD and Labtec webcam work however I can't get internet explorer installed"
Unplug all non-essential hardware. You shouldn't have your webcam hooked up, or printer, scanner or any other external devices...deal with them later. Until you get windows installed & fully updated, the only externals you should have connected are the keyboard, mouse, monitor & whatever you use to access the internet.