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Windows 7: Default e-mail client


31 May 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Default e-mail client

How do I set AOL as my default e-mail client.


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31 May 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome to the forums

Go to search, type default, click on default programs, click on set default.

Let us know how you make out and have a happy Memorial Day
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31 May 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JBBLCC View Post
How do I set AOL as my default e-mail client.
Perhaps this is what you are looking for. This is from inside Firefox | Tools | Options

I see I move the pointer before taking the capture. Should be on MailTo options.


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01 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Welcome to the forums

Go to search, type default, click on default programs, click on set default.

Let us know how you make out and have a happy Memorial Day
It does not give me an option for AOL. The only option is for current e-mail. Everything works fine with mail except my default client is not installed.

Thanks JBBLCC
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01 Jun 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

did you install the aol email client?
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02 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
did you install the aol email client?
I still have not been able to install default client. I can use all e-mail and have found away around the default client. I just like to have my computer working the way it is intende.


Thanks JBBLCC
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03 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JBBLCC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
did you install the AOL email client?
I still have not been able to install default client. I can use all e-mail and have found away around the default client. I just like to have my computer working the way it is intended.


Thanks JBBLCC
The computer cannot make a website the default for anything except your home page in the browser. It can make a program the default program to open emails after the program is installed. It's up to AOL to provide a version of their client pop3 program for you to download and install. Make sure it's the right one for your OS and bit depth (32 or 64) as with any program you install.
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03 Oct 2011   #8

WIN 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Updated Solution for How to set AOL Desktop as default email in WIN 7
Additional Registry Key modified in order to prevent system from restoring default Email program back to Outlook after system restart. (Steps 5-7 new)

Unlike previous versions of Windows, you do not have the simple option under the Default Programs using the Control Panel or through the Programs Tab in Internet Explorer Options in order to set AOL as your default email program.

For all of you still trying to set AOL Desktop software as default email program in Windows 7, here is how you do it. It involves making a simple change in your windows registry. Use the following steps below to set AOL Desktop as your default email program. Modify your registry at own risk, but if you don't change anything else and follow the steps below, you will not have any problems.

1. Open Registry Editor by clicking Start button (Windows Start) and typing regedit.exe in the search bar (must be logged on as administrator).

2. Once Registry Editor is open, search for this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\mailto\Shell\open\command

3. In the right hand pane you should see the current default string with something similar to the data below.
Existing Value Data: = "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"

4. Right click on the Default string in the right hand pane and select modify. In the small window that opens, change the Value Data: to:
New Value Data: = "C:\PROGRA~1\AOL Desktop 9.6\AOL.EXE" -u%1"

**Note: Verify the installation location of your particular AOL.EXE file. My AOL.EXE file installation is as indicated above.

5. Then search for this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail

6. In the right hand pane you should see the current default string with something similar to the data below.

Existing Value Data: = Microsoft Outlook

7. Right click on the Default string in the right hand pane and select modify. In the small window that opens, change the Value Data: to:

New Value Data: = AOL

8. Finally, simply close the Registry Editor and check to see if worked by clicking on a email address from a website etc.

Please post replies for others to know if this solution worked for you. Thanks
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24 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

GmailDefaultMaker - Download: GmailDefaultMaker 2.0.1.4 This small download worked on my windows 7 laptop!!!!!
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