I already tried that today...twice..in IE 8 and 9
what is happening here is that the same way windows decides what program to use to open a file based on the extension. like files that end in .doc will be opened by ms word. It also needs to be set so that anything that is an html file gets opened by the internet explorer that is what it considers the links anywhere to be are html files
go to control panel / control panel home / default programs
you should be able to set the internet explorer to open every type of file that it can.
if that does not work go to the file associations. there should be a file type for htm and html that both open with the ie. there should also be one with a blank extension that says internet shortcut and that should open with the internet explorer as well
May I ask how to set Internet Explorer to open any file ?? I did both of the above suggest and internet Explorer is still not opening any links from any page.....what to do please???
This is where i wish i had a copy of windows 7 in front of me. what happens when you click on the links ? does a page come up at all ? What does it say if you right click on a link ?
I have found another possible cause relating to the security settings on win 7 to fix it
in the windows 7 start menu run box
type DCOMCNFG hit enter
click the + to expand componant services
click on computers expand till you get my computer
right click on my computer and select properties
click on default properties tab
default authentification should be connect
default impersonation should be identity
when you put your mouse over the link it should show where the link is going on the bottom of the ie
does it show that? I think the actual link information may be getting blocked on the way in rather then not being used correctly to open the page.
i know you have done at least some of this before but do it all again
and try disabling your firewall and if that doesnt work uninstall your virus protection. You can install it again afterwards but that can be what is blocking it.
try this in your internet explorer
first go to tools / windows update
do all the updates they suggest
then go to tools / manage add ons
disable every add on that you are not sure what it is and absolutely need
then tools / internet options
under general tab
delete all temp files and cookies
under advanced tab
restore advanced settings
reset to defaults