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From After uninstalling Google Chrome Links in e-mail don’t work any more

If you received this error after uninstalling any application that takes over the HTML open command (including, but not limited to, Chrome & Firefox browsers) you may also need to change the HTM/HTML association in the registry.

  1. Start, click Run, type Regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.html
  3. Right click the value for the .html key and select Modify…
  4. Change the value from "ChromeHTML" to "htmlfile" (or from FireFoxHTML to htmlfile)

Repeat these steps for htm and .shtml keys if they exist. You may also want to check the xhtml and xhtm keys.

Set Program Access in Control Panel

Windows XP and Vista allow you to control program defaults through Control Panel. If the above methods fail, use this method to set the default browser.

In Windows XP, go to Add and Remove Programs, Set Program Access and Defaults. In "Choose a default web browser", check on the "Internet Explorer" option and click the OK button

In Vista, access the Default Programs applet from the Start menu or Control panel. Click on the "Set program access and computer defaults" (last option) then expand Custom. In "Choose a default web browser", check on the "Internet Explorer" option and click the OK button

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