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Messenger Email Inbox link after SP2

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After installing Service Pack 2 the 'My e-mail Inbox' link in MSN Messenger now opens Outlook Express instead of Hotmail.

Prior to SP2 it would open Hotmail.

I cannot see how to change this setting. Is it somewhere in the registry?

I have merged the following which I found on the web (it didn't work), and also customised the Start Menu (Right-click > Properties > Customise) to set the default Email Client to Hotmail, alas no luck!

FILE MERGED TO REGISTRY:

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\mailto]
"URL Protocol"=""
"EditFlags"=hex:02,00,00,00
@="URL:MailTo Protocol"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\mailto\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,\
00,73,00,25,00,5c,00,49,00,4e,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,4e,00,7e,00,31,00,5c,00,\
48,00,4d,00,4d,00,41,00,50,00,49,00,2e,00,44,00,4c,00,4c,00,2c,00,31,00,00,\
00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\mailto\shell]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\mailto\shell\open]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\mailto\shell\open\command]
@=hex(2):72,00,75,00,6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,\
00,20,00,22,00,25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,46,00,69,00,\
6c,00,65,00,73,00,25,00,5c,00,49,00,4e,00,54,00,45,00,52,00,4e,00,7e,00,31,\
00,5c,00,48,00,4d,00,4d,00,41,00,50,00,49,00,2e,00,44,00,4c,00,4c,00,22,00,\
2c,00,4d,00,61,00,69,00,6c,00,54,00,6f,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,74,00,6f,00,63,\
00,6f,00,6c,00,48,00,61,00,6e,00,64,00,6c,00,65,00,72,00,20,00,25,00,31,00,\
00,00
 
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Anyone know how to do this?
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by:acseven
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Hi,

try changing from here:

> Internet explorer click on Tools > Internet Options > Programs

Email program > Hotmail
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Also make sure you're not trying that with Windows Messenger.
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by:acseven
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yes, like you said MSN messenger, I assumed that that is what you are using... Windows Messenger no longer supports the hotmail email link since the SP2 installation...

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by:russelldav
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I will try the Internet Options settings tonight. Why is Windows Messenger not supporting Hotmail anymore? Do you have a MS KB link to any articles that publish this information officially?

Is SP2-Hotmail compatibility planned in Windows Messenger in a future update?
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by:sramesh2k
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Description of Windows Messenger Add-ins:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314351&Product=winxp

Release Notes for Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Windows XP for Release Candidate 1:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/deploy/relnsp2.mspx

<quote>

Windows Messenger and MSN Add-ins for Windows Messenger
This note applies if you are using Windows Messenger instead of MSN® Messenger.

Windows Messenger 4.7.3 is included in SP2, but it does not support MSN add-ins for Windows Messenger. To continue to use these add-ins, you must install and use MSN Messenger, which you can download for free at the MSN Messenger Web site.

</quote>
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I've upgraded to XP SP2 and love it, but not before doing my homework and testing for compatibility in terms of HW and SW first; and where needed, getting updated patches, drivers, etc.  So highly recommend that.

I just want to be sure that everyone who has upgraded to XP SP2 knows that there is still some FREE Microsoft for that upgrade, unless it is OEM installed, at which point the responsibility lies with the OEM to resolve.  Not for points, just to be sure this is known and the free resource used, where applicable and while it lasts.

Hopefully Experts here can (or have) help(ed) you, but it may be worth some time to check out your FREE options here in the event it is an issue that requires escalation to Microsoft for a solution that doesn't yet exist.  I'm not sure how long this will be free, and have used the Tech Chat interface and been happy.  But as always, your call.

http://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?LN=en-us&gprid=6794&x=16&y=11

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