Outlook vs Outlook Express Default

My email client is set to Outlook Express and it always works except when I use "maito: " in a shortcut, for example. But when I do, Outlook always invoked instead of OE. How can I prevent this?
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In Internet Explorer, Internet Options, go to the Programs Tab
Look for Default Email and change it to Outlook Express from Outlook
cbuttonAuthor Commented:
It was a;ready set to Outlook Express and has been for a few yeats.
How long is a yeat, anyhow?

To go any further, we need to know if it's XP or lower, or Vista or higher.

Vista and 7:  Type 'Default' in the Run bar (Start Menu) then Click 'Change Extensions'

 Vista/7 Default Programs
Click the MAILTO: icon and change it to your app of choice.

XP and lower:  Open My Computer, then go to Tools --> Folder Options

Click the 'File Types' tab at the top, scroll down to MAILTO: and change the program there.

Good luck!
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cbuttonAuthor Commented:

Thanks. I can't check it out right now, but I will check it out later today.

BTW, you actually don't know how long a yeat is? :-)
cbuttonAuthor Commented:
I found it, but I don't know what to do with it. I changed the "Application used to perform the action:
    It was "C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"
    I changed it to "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"
In both cases the Action is Open
The application for Outlook simply said OUTLOOK
I changed OUTLOOK in the Application field to
    I changed it to "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" -c IPM.Note /m "%1"

Now with a shortcu7t whose property is set to

Invoking the shortcut causes OE to open and check the mail, but there's no sign of a new message, which is what I want. I'm sure I haven't done the right thing, but I don't know what is right.
Hi there,

Change it to this:

"C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\Msimn.exe" /mailurl:%1

That should do the trick.  The IPM.Note is a template used only in Outlook, not available in Outlook Express.
cbuttonAuthor Commented:

Thanks. That did it.

One more question: in my attempts I managed to get an extra MAILTO PROTOCOL in my File Types. It doesn't seem to hurt anything, but I'd like to remove it if it's possible. Can I?
You can remove it, yes.  If it's the wrong one, change the other one to reflect what is above.

Also, please award points when you can?  :-)

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