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Odd problem that I noticed one day; applications that use HTML or some XML variant to render content now have that content displayed as text, such as desktop gadgets & computer management. I have linked a screenshot to better explain the situation.

  1. The "Extended" services view is messed up, "Standard" works fine though.

  2. A portion of my desktop where a gadget is supposed to be displayed:

Any ideas to where I should look for a problem, i.e corrupt DLL, registration of a control etc would be appreciated.

Edit: I tried "removing" IE8 from "Turn Windows features on or off", followed by a required restart, turned it back on, followed by a required restart. Nothing changed; various applications that use web content still display source code. This is a serious problem now, because a plugin I use in Eclipse is also displaying code instead of various screens.

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That's nutty. If I had to take a shot in the dark I'd say a .NET update probably broke it, but wow...I've never seen this before. CRAAZY. – Shinrai Nov 23 '10 at 16:07
Going out on a limb, I'd say your HTML renderer is broken :-). But seriously, try removing and reinstalling Internet Explorer 8. It's a wild shot in the dark, but it may be related to the registry associations with HTML or XML files. – user3463 Nov 25 '10 at 5:28
@Randolph: You can't remove IE8 on Windows 7. (That's the base installed version) – Billy ONeal Nov 25 '10 at 5:42
Can't you? On my install of Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, I can go into "Turn Windows features on or off" and remove Internet Explorer 8 quite easily. It's in the Control Panel, under Programs and Features. – user3463 Nov 25 '10 at 5:45
What's even more interesting is that turning it off prompts you with "Some programs that depend on Internet Explorer 8 might not function properly", which is what I was going for: perhaps removing and re-adding it will kick the registry into recognising the correct DLLs or something. But as I said in the first place, it's a wild shot in the dark. – user3463 Nov 25 '10 at 5:47
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The problem has been fixed after I installed the Internet Explorer 9 release candidate.

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