Default Email client

Posted on 1999-01-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Every time I open Outlook Express, it says that "Outlook Express is not your default mail client. Do you want to make it the default?" and every time I click Yes, and it still hasn't made Outlook Express my default email client. When I choose to make it the default mail client and the default Simple MAPI client in Options, I even restart my computer and it still doesn't make it the default email client. In Internet Explorer options on the Programs tab, Outlook Express is available for News, but mail is completely blank and I have no choices. How do I fix this?
Question by:chrisbolt
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ID: 1622467
Do you have add the email konto?
(I have only a german version, I must use:)
--> Extras --> Konten --> select E-Mail --> Hinzufuegen (add) --> make the properties for your konto


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ID: 1622468
I don't have the german version so I have no idea what you are talking about...

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ID: 1622469
These settings are stored in your mail profile (See control panel > Fax & Mail > Show profiles). Do you logon to a NT domain or anything? If so, it is not unusual for the system to rewrite your profile everytime so that it matches a'general setup'.
Does anyone else use your machine? Do you have a personal logon or do you use Win95 without logging on? If any of these are true it is possible that someone else is using the same profile as you and is changing it back!
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Expert Comment

ID: 1622470
I have just re-read your question and another thought occurs to me - It is possible that Outlook is not installed properly and it is not storing it's settings. Have you tried a reinstall?

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ID: 1622471
I have just re-read your question and another thought occurs to me - It is possible that Outlook is not installed properly and it is not storing it's settings. Have you tried a reinstall?
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Expert Comment

ID: 1622472
Have you reinstalled Outlook express?  

Author Comment

ID: 1622473
I am not on a network, I am running Win98, there is no Fax & Mail control panel applet, all people that use the system (4) have separate profiles, and this problem affects all of them, and no I haven't tried reinstalling Outlook Express yet, but isn't there an easier way? I would also like to combine two partitions into one (see General Computers help in EE) but you don't see me formatting and reinstalling Windows...

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MarkC earned 100 total points
ID: 1622474
Try Settings>Control Panel>Internet>Programs

Under Mail it should show Outlook Express ( and any others you have installed will show in a drop-down box ). Select the one you want.

Also try
"Cannot Specify Mail Program in Internet Explorer " 


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