I recently purchased and installed a new (blank) hard drive into my computer. I had to reinstall (fresh) Windows 98, from cd-rom, however, Internet Explorer (IE) was not installed automatically. I thought all Windows98 CD's had IE as a companion application? Is it possible that because my old hard drive had it automatically, that IE was somehow "turned off" during this installation? If so, how do I "turn it on" again? My only (at the moment) Internet access is through America Online (AOL) 5.0. And, that is accessed through a phone line. AOL works smoothly, except (obviously) for accessing webpages or websites. A friend kindly uploaded "ie5setup.exe" from the Microsoft website onto a floppy. Which, I downloaded and installed partially successful. Why partially? Because, during the installation process, when Windows connects to the Internet to download its' components, I received a "Windows Update Setup" action box. It stated, "Setup was unable to download the information about the available sites." Duh! I checked my proxy and security settings, everything is correct. Also, I have the small, blue (e) on my Taskbar. However, when I click on the IE icon to open the browser, I get... "You need to have a Internet connection... " Talk about going in circles. I guess my questions are; Is there a way to "go around" the Windows Updating to get the IE browser to function, then go back for the updating? Would the Windows 95 version of IE (4.x or lower) install into Windows98? If so, could I then upgrade to IE 5.x without incident? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!