I use Windows XP also and noticed that there has been a change in a
few menus from Windows ME and previous versions, making finding the
cookie settings a bit more difficult. Here is how you can turn cookies
"on" using MS Internet Explorer in XP:
Open an Explorer browser and go to the menu at the top and choose
TOOLS. Then choose INTERNET OPTIONS. From here, click on the "Privacy"
(You can also go from START to CONTROL PANEL to INTERNET OPTIONS to
reach this point.)
Use the slider to switch to the bottom setting, "Accept all cookies".
There are other options for cookies, though:
If you slide the bar to the "Low" setting, it "Restricts 3rd party
party cookies that use personally identifiable information without
your implicit consent".
If you choose the Medium privacy setting, there are even more
restrictions to block cookies. Or you can click the Advanced button on
any of these settings to customize your cookies and override the
setting, allow only first or third part cookies or have your browser
ask you each time a cookie is served whether you'd like to "take a
bite" out of it:)
Here are a couple of websites with screenshots of the Privacy panel
Cookie Settings for Internet Explorer 6
The Elder Geek
Microsoft's Knowledge Base
How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6
I hope this has helped!
cookie settings in XP