Windows Live Mail won't go online

I am remotely helping a client with Windows Live Mail on a Windows 7 machine, which has been working for over a year and now won't go online.  The computer is confirmed to be connected to the internet, and all the email settings work on another computer, and have not been changed.  When the program is loaded it asks if we want to go online and when "yes" is selected it reports a failure.

Where do I look to solve the problem of getting Windows Live Mail to go online?
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MikeMcDadeConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Thanks for the help.  The references offered eliminated many of the possibilities on where the problem was.

Ultimately, the problem was found to be the Windows 7 Default Settings did not show Windows Live Mail as the default client.

There is no explanation for how it had worked for 1 1/2 years and suddenly stopped working, but the solution was:

1.  Start
2.  Default Programs
3.  Set Program access and computer defaults
4.  Custom
5.  Set Default Email Client to WINDOWS LIVE MAIL
6.  Restart computer for change to take effect

Seems appropriate to split points for the help.
jcimarronConnect With a Mentor Commented:
MikeMcDade--If that does not work, try a repair.
Control Panel|Programs and Features|highlight Windows Live Essentials|Click Uninstall/Change in the menu bar.  One of the options you will be offered is Repair.
MikeMcDadeAuthor Commented:
There were many possibilities for the email send and receive failure.  The advice given eliminated some of them.  The ultimate solution was neither of the solutions offered.
MikeMcDade--You are welcome.  Thanks for telling us the solution.
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