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Dark Star

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I'm using IE 5.5sp2 and OE as a mail program.

How do I link OE so that it is the default mail handling program with IE.
In other words as it is now when I click on the mail icon in the IE toolbar it does not lauch OE.

OE> Tools> Accounts shows mail.gte.net to be the default mail but I can only launch OE from the Quick Launch Icon. :confused:

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IE>tools>internet options>programs tab.

OE>tools>options>general tab.
 

Dark Star

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Doyce,

IE>tools>internet options>programs tab.

Shows a blank window for E-mail I do realize that it needs to show OE but it is blank

OE>tools>options>general tab.

"This application is NOT the default Mail handling program"

I can click on the Make Default button and Apply and OK ........until I am blue in the face and while it appears that it will make it the default because the button grays out and all.
IT DOES NOT make OE the DEFAULT mail handleing program because when you go back to.........

IE>tools>internet options>programs tab.

The E-mail window is still blank and the Mail will not launch from IE and whenever I go back to............

OE>tools>options>general tab.

I get to Click on the stupid Make Default button all over again and start the cycle in futility all over again. :)

I'll live with it how it is even though it aint right but I cannot figure out how to get something this simple working in here and it just pi$$es me off to no end if you know what I mean........:)

Thanks, :confused:

DS
 
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Hi Dark Star,
When you went to programs did you use the down arrow to see if outlook was there? Dumb question but had to ask!! Because ive done it!!!:eek:
 

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TW56,

Not a dumb question at all,......... I did look and it is not there.

I also tried IE repair and that was no good either, I may just try deleting my connection info and then try reconfiguring my Internet dial up connection again..........I also use a proxy server so I've got the set up down as well as the next guy.

Something ain't right in here and it may well go deeper than a simple association problem with IE and OE.

Thanks for your suggestion though, I appreciate the help and the input.

DS
 

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Here's a simple way to register Outlook Express as your default e-mail client:
Close OE, click Start/Run and enter this command line, complete with quotes, spaces and the /reg switch:

"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /reg

Mind you change the path if you installed OE elsewhere.


Good luck,
 

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TonyKlein,

Amazing the things that can be made to happen from the Run box.
Works like it should now, and it don't get much easier than that. :D

Thank You all

DS
 

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Well, Tony's solution is sure more elegant than the one I got from Microsoft.
 
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Hi, I'm having a similar problem. My OE does launch from the web, the mail link button in the browser and shows as default in the IE programs under Internet Tools. However, when I choose "options" in OE Tools it says "This is NOT the default mail client" Just like Dark Star, click till I'm crazy and no good. It works everywhere but from a program like Photo Express when I try to mail an image directly from there.
I've went to the link you posted above and found that I don't have HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail
in my registry. If I scroll down I have a folder for OE with a subfolder for 5.0 This is strange since the version I'm using is 5.5.
After all of this I'm unclear as to whether to

"NOTE : If the registry key does not exist, create the String Value DLLPath in the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail
To create the registry key, perform the following steps:


Right-click the Mail folder, point to New , and then click String Value .


Type DLLPath , and then press ENTER . "
Why would my registry be showing 5.0 when I'm using 5.5. And please don't say corrupted files.
 

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Once again, try running
"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /reg

Good luck,
 
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I tried that before I ever posted. I really wanted the simple way out. It doesn't work. On going back into the registry, the path is there under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail
but not under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail
I checked all the info in the "about" of OE and it shows all of the paths as indicated on this page
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q248005
I guess I'll just live with it. I get my mail, I can send my mail, I just have to save in a program like phot express and attach the item. It just bugs me that it's not like it should be.
Would it help if I posted what is in my registry under both of these ?
 

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You could try this:

Close OE and IE.

Download the attached Default.txt, and rename to (save as) Default.reg.

Doubleclick it in order to have it merged into the registry.

Reboot

This one's for Win98 and ME

Tell us whether this helps.

Good luck,
 

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Okay, I can lunch OE from the IE toolbar now and it seems to work fine ............however, now when I attempt to use any entry listed in the address book I get a pop up window that says........

"An error ocurred while attempting to invoke the default mail program"

OE Tools> Options shows this to be the default mail program

IE Tools> Internet Optons> Programs tab shows OE to be the E-Mail Program.

I'm guessing that the address book in OE now needs to be linked, but I do not see or know of a way to do that.

DS
 

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I'm not sure.

It might be a good idea to uninstall Outlook Express, and subsequently reinstall it (once uninstalled, you'll find it among the available updates at the Windows Update Site.

After uninstalling Outlook Express, do this:

Go to Start/Run, type Regedit.

Now export (for backup purposes) and remove the following registry keys:

HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{7790769C-0471-11d2-AF11-00C04FA35D02} (default value is "Address Book5")

Afterwards, reinstall Outlook Express.

Alternatively, after uninstalling OE, you could upgrade to a higher version of Internet Explorer, including OE (5.5 SP2, or 6.0)

[EDIT] You are running Windows 98, I presume??[/EDIT]

Good luck,
 
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