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ktlogan1981

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How do i go about making hotmail my default email program? When I go to tools/ internet options/programs, the only choices I get are Windows Live mail, Outlook Express, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft Office Outlook. I don't want to use any of these. When I click on a "send email to" link, I just want to go to my hotmail composition screen, not any of the choices I am given. Any help on this? Have XP.
 
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I'd say Outlook Express would be the easiest way to send emails, without opening a browser.
 

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I don't want to use outlook. I don't even have it on my computer, just the trial version. Your opinion isn't exactly an answer to my question, no offense.
 

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only older versions of oe had the hotmail tie-in, where you had an option to setup the hotmail account and then designate hm as the default.

the test, see if you can add a hotmail email account in oe .
 

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again, don't want to use outlook. I just want to be taken to the hotmail menu when I click on an "email me" link. Another thing. I tried selecting Windows Live Mail as my default just to see what would happen. So I experimented and clicked on an "email me" link. Another browser window opens, and I am asked for my hotmail address and password. After I enter this, I am given this message: Fatal Login Error. hr = 80041035, f = -2147217355. BUT, when I click the Start button and click on email in the upper left corner, it immediately takes me to hotmail. Why does this work but not the other?
 

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I don't claim to be any expert, but are you sure that it's a hotmail link? If it was, then it would take me to the log in page, not to my in box. And when you change your default mail preference, it changes to what you set it to. Anyway, I still don't have an answer to the original question.
 
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Found this and just tried it.It actually works.It puts Hotmail(yes the free version) in the list of choices for default email program.The first time you use it you have to put your name and password in, but you can set it to remember them.This is in IE7,don't know if it works in IE6 or not.
Type in Start, Run: Copy and paste the following and hit ok.

regsvr32 "%Programfiles%\Internet Explorer\HMMAPI.DLL"
 

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I tried it, and yes, it does make hotmail appear as one of the default email choices in IE 7. So I went to a website that as a "send email to" link to make sure it worked. Yes it does ask for your log in information for hotmail. But then I still get the same message: Fatal Login Error. hr = 80041035, f = -2147217355 Thank you for your help, though!
 

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ktlogan1981 said:
I don't claim to be any expert, but are you sure that it's a hotmail link? If it was, then it would take me to the log in page, not to my in box. And when you change your default mail preference, it changes to what you set it to. Anyway, I still don't have an answer to the original question.
you said it says "hotmail link" AND it takes you to something in hotmail, YOU SEE WHERE I'M GOING WITH THIS???????.

THAT'S HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK WHEN YOU SELECT "DEFAULT" email preference.:confused:
 
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ktlogan1981 said:
I tried it, and yes, it does make hotmail appear as one of the default email choices in IE 7. So I went to a website that as a "send email to" link to make sure it worked. Yes it does ask for your log in information for hotmail. But then I still get the same message: Fatal Login Error. hr = 80041035, f = -2147217355 Thank you for your help, though!
I guess you have something else going on because I just tried making it the default mail program again and tried to send a link to this page.It brought up the Hotmail compose page and I sent the link to my isp account just fine.Hope you can get it worked out.
 
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How do i go about making hotmail my default email program?
My first response is WHY would you want to?

I ask because Hotmail is, in my opinion, a curse to the world of email and the sooner every legitimate user abandons it, the better/easier spam filters will be able to do their job

I'm not suggesting you drop it overnight

Instead, get another email address and tell all your friends/contacts that your email address has changed then give it a few weeks/months/whatever to be sure that they have all updated their address book... and then simply forget about hotmail

If you're interested in another free account, I can recommend Gmail:

Switching to Gmail from Hotmail is easy, as is making it your default mail application
 
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