This is a 2 parter.
1) Yesterday my computer would not allow me to open any links from web pages in IE. I did some research and ran the IRFix.exe tool referenced in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21633974.html?query=Nothing+happens+when+I+click+on+a+link+in+IE&clearTAFilter=true
After completeing the steps in this link, the hyperlinks opened.
2) Now to today, I came in and booted up my PC and when I logged in and opened Outlook 2003, I get the message "Can't open this item. The text formatting command is not available.Please install Outlook again." when trying to open any HTML emails. I then tried to open Internet Explorer and when it tries to go to the home page or any other page for that matter it wants me to save the html file somewhere. An example of this is if I go to www.google.com
it will ask me to save www.google.com.html
somewhere. A note to all this is that I have Firefox on my PC as well, so that is why it asks me to save. If I disable Firefox it does not do anything. It simply opens a blank page (all white screen).
3) I have tried to uninstall and reinstall using every possible method listed on this site and others. I have done everything in the above referenced doc. I have rerun IEFix.exe, I have run sfc /scannow, I have edited the registry to try to re-install IE6 (which I never did get to work).
I can almost guarntee that the Outlook and the IE problem are related and if one gets fixed the other will as well. I am just out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated.