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Windows 7: How Do I Delete AOL As Default Email Client?

22 Jul 2014   #1
poolmon

win 7
 
 
How Do I Delete AOL As Default Email Client?

I use AOL mail in 9.7 AOL Desktop & I tried to set AOL as my default email client in the Win 7 Default Programs>Set Program Access And Computer Defaults>Associations/Protocols. There was only 1 "Protocol" showing for AOL Software namely "Mail To" so I checked it.

I did this because more websites are showing live links to email addresses (rather than the address) and whenever I clicked on the link to get the address it would only give a message "no email client" and I could not get the actual address.

Now whenever I click on an email link on a web page my browser starts opening an infinite number of new windows/tabs. I tried to go back into the Default Programs an uncheck AOL as the Protocol but it's greyed out (in the Custom drop down which is the only place I can even see it) and does not let me undo it. How can I undo this and delete AOL as the "Mail To" [URL: AOL Resource ID AOL Software" Protocol; (which is the only protocol that shows). I prefer to have no email client to what's happening now.

When I go to Associations & Protocols I do not see AOL Software listed for any File Type Extension nor do I see the "Mail To" Protocol listed under the list of Protocols at the end of the File Association & Protocols so I cant click on anything to make a change. HELP !!


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22 Jul 2014   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See if this unscrambles the machine,
Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol
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22 Jul 2014   #3
poolmon

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See if this unscrambles the machine,
Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol
This is where I've been to try to resolve the MAILTO issue with no success. IE 11 is properly set to open all items that it can including HTTP. I don't see where I can disassociate a MAILTO protocol because there is no MAILTO entry under Protoccols, nor are there any files associated with AOL.
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22 Jul 2014   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi sorry the file extensions link on the tutorial is here I would use the batch reset for all windows 7 file type associations and see if it had any positive effects,

Also if you go to set your default programs instead of Associate a file type or protocol with a program is aol listed as a installed program ?

The default would be either Office Outlook or live mail depending on which you have installed,
Double check it if you wouldn't mind,
Start/ Default programs/ Set your default programs.
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22 Jul 2014   #5
poolmon

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi sorry the file extensions link on the tutorial is here I would use the batch reset for all windows 7 file type associations and see if it had any positive effects,

Also if you go to set your default programs instead of Associate a file type or protocol with a program is aol listed as a installed program ?

The default would be either Office Outlook or live mail depending on which you have installed,
Double check it if you wouldn't mind,
Start/ Default programs/ Set your default programs.
If I go to "Set your default programs" AOL Desktop 9.7 is in the list under Programs. If I left click on it to select it a dialog box opens asking me to either:
1 Set this program as default to open all file types and protocols it can open by default or
2. Choose defaults for this program. Under this second category there is only one protocol listed that I can assign. That's the "MAIL TO" protocol. That protocol is checked but is greyed out so I cannot uncheck it.

Before I assigned AOL to the MAIL TO protocol which started the problem, AOL was not assigned to any file type nor to any protocols. The list of available protocols for AOL to which I could select from only contained one, namely the MAIL TO protocol, so I checked it and the problem began. Now I can't figure out how to uncheck it as the MAIL TO protocol. I don't use any other mail services nor do I want to add any. I just would like to get back to having no default MAIL TO protocol.
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22 Jul 2014   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Go back to default programs,
This time go to Set program access and computer defaults,
Custom section drop down arrow,
If aol is listed Uncheck the box to Enable access to this program,
This should be selectable if not take a screen shot of the listings,

Outside of system restore to an earlier time before you altered the settings ?
Have you contacted aol ?
Cheers.
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22 Jul 2014   #7
poolmon

win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Go back to default programs,
This time go to Set program access and computer defaults,
Custom section drop down arrow,
If aol is listed Uncheck the box to Enable access to this program,
This should be selectable if not take a screen shot of the listings,

Outside of system restore to an earlier time before you altered the settings ?
Have you contacted aol ?
Cheers.
All it shows under "Custom" then under "Choose a default e-mail program" is a single radio button labeled " Use my current e-mail program." AOL does not show up there as a specified program nor are there any other choices under that category.


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22 Jul 2014   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Thanks for the screen shot very weird,
I would suggest considering downloading a email program to straighten out the settings,
Windows essentials 2012 is free and you might already have it installed,
Click Start and All Programs,
Near the bottom of the list there might be a Windows Live or Windows essentials folder,
If not please download it from here,
Pick your language and there are some useful programs included in the package use the recommended install,
Or the Custom install and just the ones you want at this point Mail/ Photo gallery and Movie maker are my recommends
Windows Essentials download options - Free Email, Instant Messaging, and Photo Editing Software from Microsoft

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/mail-add-email-account-faq
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23 Jul 2014   #9
poolmon

win 7
 
 

I'm including a screen shot of the "Set associations for programs" window. It shows AOL URL but its greyed out and can't be changed from here.

The second screenshot immediately below it is from the "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program" window. It displays all protocols at the end of the association listing but this Mail To one isn't even listed, so it cant be changed from here either.

I have not yet downloaded a new email client but will look at doing so. I just wanted to send these additional screens in case you might have some additional thoughts.


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23 Jul 2014   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The only way I know how to remove a listing from protocols or file types for that matter is to Browser for another program to associate it with ?
This is why downloading windows essentials 2012 is needed in my opinion,
Then review how to add a email address to the new program,
Then the help/ support email links on websites might actually work as expected

You can also I believe I already posted this but you can uninstall aol toolbar or the program you associated the protocol with ?
Cheers.
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