You're right Walt, XP users cannot install IE9. I understand it's to do with hardware and drivers that XP on older systems don't use.
But I'm surprised Windows told you to upgrade, and then took away the web slices add-on.
Web slices should be integral to IE8 so it should be there. Have a look at the YouTue video below, see if that helps you;
I saw a clue in that video. When deleting a web slice I saw a dialog box appear that asked if the user wanted to send it to the Recycle Bin. If yours have been deleted, have a look in your own Recycle Bin.
Does that help?
I'm running Win XP on an old laptop. The Favorites Bar had "web slices" but when I clicked it to subscribe it turned into "upgrade your browser". I've been running IE8 (latest version) and it's my understanding that IE9 won't install on Win XP. I checked under Tools, Manage Add Ons and under Add-on types web slices is gone. I have toolbars and extension, search providers, in-private browsing and accelerators. How do I add Web slices back to this section?