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Outlook Express as default email program

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I just installed XP Home SP2 on a new computer. I also installed Office XP.
I am not able to set Outlook Express to be the default email program. If I reset the program to be the default email program in OE/Tools and go to Internet Options/Programs, the choice that comes up will be blank, with Outlook being an additional choice.
If I click on a mailto link in a website, I get a message that the mail program is not installed correctly.
I successfully imported all the old email and address book to OE, and it seems to be working properly.
What could the matter be? The computer is clean of viruses and spyware.

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by TheChas In reply to Outlook Express as defaul ...

When you installed Office, did you install Outlook?

If so, start by opening Outlook and setting Outlook to not check for if it is the default mail handler.

If that still does not correct things, you may need to remove Outlook.

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by computers In reply to Outlook Express as defaul ...

Changing the setting in Outlook so it would not consider itself the default program for email did not help.
I solved the problem in the following way: I did a repair re-installation of Windows XP SP2 from the CD, after which Outlook Express appeared in the pull-down menu as the default email client.

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