Internet Explorer cannot open .htm/.html files

by Jon Davis 19. December 2008 12:46

I have not validated the following on any other machine besides my own, but it is happening to me now and I'm absolutely fuming mad by the endless hell that Internet Explorer just can't stop being.

In Windows XP SP3, if the .htm file extension has been previously disassociated with an application, using the Windows shell to associate it to Internet Explorer by right-clicking on the file and choosing "Open With..." and then choosing Internet Explorer, will cause Internet Explorer to open it as a text file. It will render the HTML source as text.

Doing the same to an .html file rather than an .htm file will cause Internet Explorer to flicker open for a split, barely noticeable second, then quit. Of course, associating it with Firefox works fine.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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