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Can't set default programs in Vista Home Premium

I  know how to set default  programs in vista:

    * Click Start, select Default Programs
    * Click Set program access and computer defaults
    * Click Custom, and select your mail client (for example, Windows Mail)
    * Click OK

However, this doesn't work for me.   When I do this (setting Lotus Notes as default mail client) and click OK, and go back. Nothing has changed.  So I tried to reset IE as the default browser in custom.  Same result.  Click OK, change doesn't take.  

Turned off UAC.  Rebooted.   Same result (or lack of result).

New machine. Notes 7.02.  Office 2007 (symptom: can't send document by email  from word 2007;  all the menus to send email are grayed out).

Notes works as default email for everything I've tried except Office.
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SysExpertCommented:
1) I would try this via IE7 - see the default mailer program

2) Not sure if 7.02 is fully supported on Vista, may need 7.03 or 8 - Please check the readme for supported OS versions.

        

I hope this helps !
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mackmcraeAuthor Commented:
In vista, IE7 takes you directly to the vista "set default programs." but  I tried it both ways.  No joy.

7.02 is working and is supported in Vista according to IBM.  

But the weird thing here is that it's not a notes problem.  I can't even set the default browser to IE.  The change won't stick anywhere in the custom program settings.
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mackmcraeAuthor Commented:
I have found that this issue appears on some other vista machines,  including vista business.  The changes to default programs just will not stick.
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mackmcraeAuthor Commented:
Obviously, no one has the answer.
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