In addition to the subject behavior, using the Find (on This Page) command on the blank page returns:

An error has occurred in this dialog.
Error 49: Interface not registered

This behavior occurs if some Internet Explorer DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files are incorrectly registered.

To resolve this issue:

1. Open a CMD.EXE window.

2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:

<b>regsvr32 /s urlmon.dll
regsvr32 /s actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 /s shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 /s mshtml.dll
regsvr32 /s browseui.dll
regsvr32 /s jscript.dll
regsvr32 /s vbscript.dll  
regsvr32 /s oleaut32.dll</b>
3. If the problem is resolved, exist this procedure.

4. If SP2 is NOT installed, download and install it.

5. Type the following command and press Enter:

"%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" /rereg