Restore icon for HTML files

Posted on 2007-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
OS:  WindowsXP
Browser:   IE6.0

I'd like to restore my HTML file icon.  All my HTML files now have a different icon, (one that is used for .com files).   Caution:  this is NOT to restore my IE icon, I have that one.  I am talking about all the icon that is signifying the *.html files.

What I did to break it:  Install iE7.0, then uninstalled it.  Now I'm .html-file iconless on IE6.0.

How Can I restore it ?
Question by:dennismv
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    Expert Comment

    Hi sounds like you didnt uninstall IE7 fully.
    The quickest solution here is to run a system file checker
    at start run type in sfc /scannow press enter

    here is a list of restore files and icons assoc batch fix
    use this one
    HTM/HTML Associations (Restore the default associations for htm/html files)

    check your steps again Uninstall IE7
    good Luck
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    Expert Comment

    1. Open Windows Explorer and go to menu:
    Tools > Folder Options > File Types

    2. In 'Registered File Types' scroll down to HTML (and HTM)

    3. In 'Details for HTML extension' click 'Change' and select Firefox (or, if you are insane, Internet Explorer)

    Now your HTML files will have the Icons that correspond to the program associated with them.

    Author Comment

    Did not work so far, and I tried these all now and rebooted after just in case:
    *  sfc /scannow
    *  HTM/HTML Associations (I tried that before also)
    *  Uninstall IE7 steps
    *  Using (Tools > Folder Options > File Types) (I tried that before also)

    That's a hard one.  That's why I'm here :)
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    Expert Comment

    Go to any of your html files and mark it then hold the shift button and right click on it again the menu that coems will contain the option open with.. choose it and browse (do not choose a file from the menu even if you find your IE in it) till you find your original internet explorer executable and click on it and do not forget to check the mark always use this program to open this file type
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    Accepted Solution

    Incorrect or generic Windows icon displayed for HTM and HTML files:

    Author Comment

    YEYE THAT WORKED !!  HTMLIconFix v1 did it !  Thanks sramesh

    Dr-4N and others:  I could open the file via IE if I double clicked, but icons still did not change after I set IE as the primary program to open files.
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    Expert Comment

    could you let me know if you actually tried the reg fix I provided from Dougknox,
    HTM/HTML Associations (Restore the default associations for htm/html files)

    did it fail for some reason, just so I know not provide that then, is there a difference between this one
    and the reg fix sramesh2k provided?
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    Author Comment

    Yes, I have tried the HTM/HTML by Dougknox and it did not fix the icons for me.
    (I rebooted after the fix just in case the fix was not applied right away.)

    The is a program of some sort.  I don't know what it does exactly, maybe it does a host of things to fix the icons, or maybe not.  I did not look into it, but it did fix the icons.  

    The difference is that the first one is a set of values to put into the registry, and the 2nd one is shrouded in mystery of executable code that doesn't quite tell me directly what it does.

    and thanks,  any advice helps as it guides things in the right direction.
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    Expert Comment

    lol righto thanks for explaining that. Both are good tools just wondered what the diference maybe
    Cheers :)

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