Internet Explorer Favorites not working properly/ IE 8 partly blanked out

When using either IE6 or IE7, clicking on a link in the favorites menu produces a message " Windows cannot find '(null)' etc.

If I then click the message OK button, the page loads completely and IE works properly thereafter (except for the favorites links).

This may be because I installed IE8 but this never worked properly in that the icons appeared at the top of the page but with a black background so that any text was invisible.

Is there an obvious reason for the 2 problems (are they connected?) and is there a simple solution? I would like to use IE8 if possible.
psoup1Asked:
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psoup1Author Commented:
Solved the problem by running repair from the OEM Windows disk, installing 129 updates!, installing SP3 and subsequent updates then updating the reinstalled IE6 to IE8. Job done
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jcimarronCommented:
psoup1--It is somewhat unclear what version of IE you are now using.
The solution for the problem in IE7 often is to uninstall IE7 (and reinstall if you wish).
See http://www.windowsbbs.com/internet-explorer/78462-windows-cannot-find-null.html 
or
http://www.technologyquestions.com/technology/internet-explorer/213387-windows-cannot-find-null.html
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