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Internet Explorer 9 (Win7) downloads htm file instead of displaying

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I am having the same problem as the person who submitted this question  alogn time back but mine is with IE9 and Windows 7. IIE9 opens the "View Downloads" dialogue whenever you try to open it or click on a link, eg and html file on the desktop. The original question title was:
Internet Explorer 8 downloads htm file instead of displaying

Thanks for any suggestions. I tried resetting the htm and html file associations, didn;t help.
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by:LTG
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Tried your suggestion, awawada, and found that 1) I can't get to any web page with IE9 but can with Chrome, but that dosn't help and 2) tried to reset IE9 manually and the Internet Options link in Control Panel doesn't work at all. Thanks, good idea, but no luck.
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Do you have another Computer to download and run it?
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by:John Hurst
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On the problem computer, run System File Checker to see if that helps.

Run SFC /SCANNOW and allow to complete. Run again if errors remained uncorrected. Restart the computer and see if you can get into Internet Options now.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:awawada
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1) try SFC /SCANNOW what thinkpads_user told
2) Click Start => Run and type iexplore.exe -extoff . Will IE open sites?
3) Did you do a Flush DNS?
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Downloading Fixit on another computer right now. WIll try other things after. Thanks!
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Fixit failed - cannot run inetcpl. I've tried Malwarebytes, AVG, and Windows Defender Offline, but this looks for all the world like a virus...
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by:John Hurst
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If you have done all that scanning and still have virus-like issues, you probably need to back up your system and re-install Windows.

You can try a Repair Install, but that probably won't fix the virus. It may let you get farther than you are right now. Back up first please.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

... Thinkpads_User
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Off to a meeting. Think repair install is next step. All backed up already. Thanks!
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by:LTG
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for LTG's comment #a39182710

for the following reason:

This was a toughy - probably re-install was the best solution anyway. Thanks for your help.
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Reinstall Windows is exactly what I suggested in my comment http://#a39182722.  Accordingly you should accept the answer presented rather than your own reason.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:LTG
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Thanks for your comments, Thinkpads. Would not have thought of it myself ;). You are truly an expert.
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@LTG - Thanks for following up and I was happy to help.

.... Thinkpads_User
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