First unzip the file you downloaded (it's probably the older version but will work until you can get the correct one from windows update) to a floppy disk.
Boot up the non-working computer with the XP cd and go into the recovery console. Once there, change to the A: prompt, put in your floppy disk and then type
COPY *.* C:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32 and then press Enter. Now type:
COPY *.* C:/WINDOWS/SERVICEPACKFILES/I386 and then press Enter again.
Remove the floppy disk after receiving the 'one file copied' message for each one, remove the cd from the drive and reboot the computer to see if you can now reach the desktop.
Then go to the following site and download and install the following to replace that wininet file with the newest one available. KB925454
This is a cumulative patch/update for Internet Explorer.
Then go back to the update center to download and install anything else that might have been trashed that needs replacing.
I have been to a bunch of forums int he last 24 hours requesting help with this topic and no one seems to reply. I used SmitRem.exe and it removed WININET.dll and it says Explorer.exe..unable to locate component...Please re-install. Well, I downloaded WININET.dll from another site and it is a zipped file. The computer that no longer has these components now has the blue screen of death. I have no longs to post because once I boot the computer in any mode I get the blue screen of death after the message that explorer.exe is missing. Do I need to use Windows Recovery Console (windows xp), can't access System Restore. Please Help!!
Thank you in advance