Where I work, I had a user that installed Google Chrome on his Windows 7 SP1 64-bit system under his account (domain environment, he is local administrator) accidentally when installing Google Earth.
The user did not check the "Use Chrome as default" checkbox and thus local
.html files were by default opening in Chrome. Our ERP software is based on ActiveX and therefore will not work in Chrome. So I uninstalled it.
Now, whenever local
.html files are opened, IE 8 launches, but instead of rendering the page, the source code of the page is displayed - as though it's not recognizing that it is an
.html file but a text file.
.html files open OK, i.e. when IE 8 is opened and an address is typed. It is only when a local
.html is opened that IE will not recognize it as HTML.
I have since reinstalled Chrome, but did not set it as the default browser. However, the behavior persists.