IE8 is the pits with XP. Either uninstall it and go back to IE7 OR install a different browser like Firefox.
After attempting to download Internet Explorer 8 ... I just recently had my internet turned on after 6 month because of moving... Ive been going to the library or friends computer. I'm at the library now... I was offered Windows 8 , so I attempted it, the next day I turned my computer on & the page is black. I've worked for hrs & hrs with no results. All the browser bars are black. I cannot start the safe mode by pressing F8/ F4 because I cannot see the typing / or cannot go to internet options to change anything because I can see Computer logo. I only see the desktop logos... I must guess what the toolbars are saying. Its black inside all toolbar/ browser bars. The print/font is black and the bar is black. I have Windows XP professional on my desktop.