|By the way, before you did the Recovery procedure, did you actually go to Control Panel - User Accounts to see if your user had Computer administrator rights, as I asked you to ?|
If you didn't, I've seen a situation reported on this site where a user that should have those rights has something else other Limited ..... there, because of something they did, or someone else did, while trying to remove malware from the computer.
The reason I asked you to try doing the same things in the Administrator user's account is some problems affect all users, some things don't. You confirmed that the Administator user did not have the problems.
You don't have to use a password for any user, unless you or the user think(s) there is a definite risk that someone else that has access your computer could possibly mess up your (the) user's data, or the user wants to keep certain personal things private.
When a user has Computer administrator rights, they can enable the built in Guest user in Control Panel - User Accounts - that user always has Limited rights.
If no user is using a password, the Guest user may not show up as a choice on the Login screen when Windows is loaded normally. In that case, the Guest user is available by clicking on Start - Logoff, then switching to it, or by logging off of your user then switching to it.
All versions of XP have IE 6 built into them, but a lot of web sites no longer support using IE 6 .
You should install IE 8, even if you don't use IE as your browser.
There are some things that can only be done in IE. E.g. You have to use IE to be able to use the Windows Update page on the Microsoft web site.
Download Internet Explorer 8
RIGHT click on My Computer, choose Properties.
On the right side of the first page of the window you see
- if it does not mention any Service Pack, you must install SP1a updates, then SP3 updates
- if it mentions Service Pack 1, or Service Pack 2, you must install SP3 updates
- if it mentions Service Pack 3, you don't need to install any Windows Service Packs.
Windows XP Service Pack 1a Express Install (32-Bit) for End Users
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
DO NOT CLICK DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UPDATING JUST ONE COMPUTER
...unless you have a dial-up internet connection, in which case, go here
and let Microsoft Update find the smaller SP3 updates download for you
Note that Microsoft Update won't find the SP3 updates until you have installed some other updates.