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Windows 7: how do you set Outlook 2003 as Win7 default mail client

23 Jan 2010   #1
ralphmurmegen

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
how do you set Outlook 2003 as Win7 default mail client

I have Office 2003 Basic Edition installed on Windows 7 Home Premium. From within Outlook I have set Outlook to be my default email program, yet clicking on any email link through Internet Explorer or any other program brings up Windows Live Mail (which I do not wish to use). From within Word, if I opt to send a document by using 'File-Send To-Mail Recipient', then it does use Outlook (this is the only instance I have discovered of it obeying my command). But if I use 'File-Send To-Mail Recipient (as Attachment)', which I use far more often, then, again, it defaults to Windows Live Mail.

If I access the Default Programs menu in Win7, it does not offer Outlook 2003 as a choice to make my default email program, even though the program is fully installed and is running in all other respects without any glitches.

If, from within Default Programs, I highlight Windows Live Mail and try to 'Choose defaults for this program', it does not allow me to deselect associations for the program, so I cannot deactivate Windows Live Mail either.

Has anyone found a way around this problem, or has Microsoft decided to force its customers into using Windows Live Mail as a default email client, thereby making it impossible to work with another email program that functions with full default email functionality? I have found a few threads about the problem but no answers to date.

There must be someone out there who has worked out a solution. Has anyone tried uninstalling Windows Live Mail to see if that makes a difference?



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23 Jan 2010   #2
V3xar

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600
 
 

Hi ralphmurmegen! Welcome to SevenForums.

Just to double check that you have followed the following procedure:

  • Click Start.
  • Type "default programs" in the Start Search box.
  • Click Default Programs under Programs in the search results.
  • Now click Set your default programs.
  • Highlight Microsoft Office Outlook or Microsoft Outlook on the left.
  • Click Set this program as default.
  • Click OK.
Are you saying that "Outlook" does not appear under the "Program" list on the left?


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23 Jan 2010   #3
ralphmurmegen

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

That's right, Outlook does not appear under the Program list in Default Programs.

Could this be an issue with Win 7 Home Premium - Microsoft only giving Home Premium users the option of using Windows Live Mail?
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23 Jan 2010   #4
V3xar

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ralphmurmegen View Post
That's right, Outlook does not appear under the Program list in Default Programs.

Could this be an issue with Win 7 Home Premium - Microsoft only giving Home Premium users the option of using Windows Live Mail?
Nope. I have both Premium and Ultimate and it works perfectly for me.

A few Windows 7 / Vista users however have been faced with the problem of recently installed software not being displayed in the list of installed / default programs. Microsoft attributes this problem to the fact the program has not registered itself on installation. A program typically registers itself on installation by means of a new entry in the system registry.

One solution is to download a free program : Default Programs Editor.

Default Programs Editor - A Useful File Association Editor for Windows 7 and Vista - The Winhelponline Blog

http://defaultprogramseditor.com/


This program will allow you to add or remove default associations.

Hope this helps.


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23 Jan 2010   #5
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

I don't think its limited to Windows 7 Home. You could try to Remove Windows Live Mail then ran a Repair install for your Microsoft Office. I guess there might be some registry value missing within Outlook that is causing the problem. Maybe a Repair can fix it.

Hope this helps,
Captain
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23 Jan 2010   #6
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If you have Outlook 2003 set up as your mail client, when you open Outlook mail go to tools / options and i think there you can set as default. I don't have it installed right now so i'm doing this from memory. Under tools their are some other options, check each one, but i'm sure it's right in there to set it .
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05 Jan 2015   #7
ChrisBedford

7 Pro 32 & 7 Home Prem 64
 
 

Here's the fix to this problem!

reBOOT | Software - Set Outlook 2003 as default e-mail client under Windows 7 is not working

In case that website disappears, or you don't feel like surfing, this is what you need to do:

Two steps: 1. Fix the issue of Outlook not appearing on the list of programs that can have their defaults set byt running OL2003fix, which you get from here: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/wp.../ol2003fix.zip

Now go to Start - Default Programs - Set your default Programs
Now that you can see Microsoft Office Outlook in the list on the left, select it and "Set this program as default" on the right.

2. Then fix the registry entry associated with the http: and https: links: copy-paste the text between the lines of equal-signs (not including the equal signs) into your text editor
==========
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto]
"URL Protocol"=""
==========
"Save As" mailto.reg (on the desktop is fine - once you have used it once you are don't need it any more and you should delete it)
Double-click the .reg file
Accept all the warnings about making changes to your registry.

BAM you're done. You're welcome.
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