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Opening Mailto Links from Windows 7 in Outlook 2003

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Attempting to click on mailto links in firefox in windows 7 at first asks for the correct program, when set to the outlook.exe program, outlook opens up another instance and throws an error about not being configured correctly, any common fixes for this?

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The default mail program is set in Control Panel, Internet Options, Programs.  If you are not using Outlook (which is why you are getting the error), you would choose another such as Outlook Express or Thunderbird.  If you email is web-based (such as aol) you can still configure any of those programs to handle the mail.
Does the same thing happen when using Internet Explorer?