How do I get Outlook Express as default mail

  [DELETED] 10:21 06 Oct 2003

Can anyone help; I am running XP Home /Internet Explore 6. For some time now I have been trying to get Internet Explorer to accept outlook express as the default mail handler with no avail?
I have tried ticking all the relevant boxes , uninstalling outlook and outlook express one at a time and both at the same time , but nothing I do will make Internet Explore accept outlook Express as default, it will accept newsgroup as default. any ideas.

Mike Pearson


  [DELETED] 10:42 06 Oct 2003

Have you got accounts in outlook and not in express ??

Win 98 but should be same.

In outlook Tools


mail delivery


Delete all accounts


Open outlook express



set up accounts

hilite main acc and set as default


hope this helps.

  [DELETED] 12:00 06 Oct 2003

I have nothing in outlook

  [DELETED] 12:05 06 Oct 2003

Tools menu, options, General Tab.

At the bottom click Make Default next to This application is Not the default Mail Handler. It'll then read This application is the default Mail Handler and the Make Default button will go grey.

Close OE and then try.

  [DELETED] 12:09 06 Oct 2003

frist think I tried no good

  [DELETED] 12:10 06 Oct 2003

On the Start Menu do you have Set Program Access And Defaults?

  [DELETED] 12:21 06 Oct 2003

Yes : but I there is nothing to change it from "use my current e-mail program"

  [DELETED] 14:35 06 Oct 2003

In IE, internet options, programs - what is shown as your email prog? Is it OE? There is an explanation and reg fix here which might help even if it is (and should help if it is not!) click here but you would need to veryfy where msimn.exe is before inputting.

  [DELETED] 15:11 06 Oct 2003

PS re my post above: what happens if you "apply" OE as the email prog in IE, internet options, progs? Assuming that OE appears and apply isn't greyed out.

  [DELETED] 17:23 06 Oct 2003

Thanks all
I do not know what I have just done but it seems to be working, at the moment!!!!

  [DELETED] 17:35 06 Oct 2003

What did you do?? I have exactly the same problem.

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