Even though I agree with you that " Having an OS "overloaded" with programs is never a good thing", in my case, it's not the time. I'm ready to pay the overload costs so long as all desired functions work. Since IE stopped working, I look for a limited solution.
As far as information located in the following files:
See if you can find these - the last entry should offer a good clue:
I failed to find these files on my system. (Looks like these are specific to 64 bit system, not to my 32 bit).
Is there any other place I can find log files?