Switching from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook as email default

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Dantree

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How do I make Microsoft Outlook the default email program? I make the change in IE version 5, but when I reboot the system (Win 98), Outlook Express is once again selected as the default email program.

I read in a previous post about using the following sequence for making Outlook Express the default. Is there anything similar for Microsoft Outlook? :
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To make Outlook Express 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
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Thanks very much,
Dan
 
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Hi Dan,

Open Outlook, and you will usually receive a question whether or not you want it to be the default handler.
 

Dantree

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Opening Outlook doesn't prompt the question of whether it should be the default program. Is there some sort of command to run like the one I mentioned before your last post that would apply for Microsoft Outlook?

Thanks,
Dan
 
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Try this:

In Internet Explorer, click on Tools>Internet Options>Programs tab. In the E-Mail or Mail setting, click on the list arrow to see if Outlook is there. If so, choose Outlook and click on OK.
 
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Hi ancientone,
From what I read in Dan's first post, he has tried that method, but it's not sticking.
I make the change in IE version 5, but when I reboot the system (Win 98), Outlook Express is once again selected as the default email program.
Are you running Netscape on your system? OL2002: Outlook Is Not Automatically the Default E-mail Client After Upgrade from Netscape E-mail Client see if this article helps. You will need to find and rename the mapi32.dll file located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033 folder.

Are you using MSN Explorer? OL2000: Configuring Outlook as the Default E-mail Client for MSN 2.5 this article details how to do a registry change to make sure it sticks. I think this will help you regardless of anything else, as I have the same key in my registry, and I do not use MSN.

I found 2 heys that store that info. I don ot know if the first one, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MSN\Mail, is the default or if HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\MSN\Mail is. Change both!
 
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Thanks RandyG. I guess I scanned instead of read.

Additionally, Dantree should be able to go into the Options in Outlook and make Outlook the default.
 
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I thought that as well, but when I went to look Yesterday, I couldn't find that option. I know it is in Outlook Express, but I could not find it in OUtlook 2000.
 
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