OK, I could do away with the tabs, but then that is all that mattered when I upgraded to IE7.

All of a sudden the tabs disappeared and was left wondering what went wrong. No simple solutions from googling worked this time.

Alas it occured to me!  A quick try to find some malware helped me. NOADWARE software worked its charm and killed one W32.Mydoom worm. Again went back to IE Tool>I. options>TAB Settings—reset to default.

Try first, if at all anything goes unsual with your Windows XP.

No!, NOADWARE people do not pay me 🙂