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Setting Outlook 2000 as default mail program in Win8.1

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When I try to point default mail program to Outlook in Win 8.1, there is no way to do anything except "Use Current Email Program" I've gone through all of the places I can think of to do this, and no luck.
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by:John Hurst
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Outlook 2000 is long dead, buried and gone. It is not supported on Windows 8 / 8.1 and if the settings do not stick, there is nothing you can do.

Outlook 2000 DOES work just dandy as default email client on Windows 2000 - I have that running in a Virtual Machine.

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by:donno46
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The kind of answer I am looking for is: To set a default mail client, go to xxxxxx and choose from programs installed on your computer.
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My point is that if you cannot set it as default, there is nothing you can do with Outlook 2000, especially on Windows 8.

So you need to upgrade to a far more current version. There is not much of an option in this case.

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Here is the only setting I can find for Outlook 2000.

Outlook-2000-Default-Settings
There are no settings in Outlook 2000 to set it default. The concept did not exist 15 years ago like it does today.

As I noted, consider a newer version of Outlook.

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Thinkpads, obviously not what I want to hear...  So how do I set up a virtual machine? I'll accept that as an 'A' answer.
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I think you have two options:

1. By far the easiest is to upgrade Office to a newer version supported by Windows 8.1 I think Office 2010 will run on Windows 8.1. This is really the easiest.

2. Get a virtualizing product. I use VMware Workstation. Then get a copy of Windows XP. You should be able to get Windows XP on eBay for example. Set up XP and load Office 2000 on Windows XP. This should work. I have Windows XP running on my Windows 8.1 machine and it runs Office XP. It should equally well run Office 2000.

Option 1 is truly the easiest and may even be the least expensive.

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@donno46 - I did some looking around to help you.

1. As noted, I have Outlook 2000 running fine on a Windows 2000 virtual machine and it works fine. But I already have VMware Workstation and already had the license for earlier operating systems and Office.

2. Office 2010 Professional is available on eBay for $100 up to about $250. Microsoft, Digital River or Software King may still sell it.

3. VMware Workstation is $200 and VMware Player is free for personal use. Microsoft XP Pro can be had be $50 to $100. This is will work but will take some work to implement and provide some inconvenience to get to your email

4. Office 365/2013 is available for $100 per year for a 5 user license.  This is what I do. Looking at the list above, it is the easiest and cheapest in the near term. Yes, you do have to renew each year, but the subscription gives you new versions along the way included in the subscription.

I use and recommend option 4. I can make any of the four options work.

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Thanks for the help and patience!
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@donno46 - Thank you and I was happy to work with you on this.

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