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Outlook VS Outlook Express

by glb613 / May 2, 2006 9:28 PM PDT

I had the opportunity to buy Office 2003 and Office XP for a reduced price through work. I installed each on different computers and have a problem with the one using Office XP. After installing Office XP, I no longer have Outlook Express listed as an e-mail program through Internet Options. The program made Outlook my default e-mail program. While I don't mind Outlook and did configure it to work, I'd like the option of making Outlook Express my default program.

I did a search both at and Google. I must not have worded the search properly because I didn't find a solution. I want to keep Office XP so changing to a different program is not an option. Has anyone else had this happen? Where you able to fix it? Thanks.

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Try to look for the OE shortcut
by Gakada / May 3, 2006 2:40 AM PDT

on the Start, All programs...

when you found it .. double click .. then Make a Default email program..

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That doesn't work
by glb613 / May 3, 2006 3:16 AM PDT

I tried that and it didn't work. I get the popup message about making Outlook Express my default mail program, I select yes and it still isn't. I think if I could get Outlook Express back on the program list(found in the control panel), I would be able to make it the default program. That is what I don't know how to do.

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Gail, It's Not There At All???
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 3, 2006 3:52 AM PDT

I've got Office XP installed on a bunch of computers and have not had that problem...If you open the Control Panel, then double click on "Internet Options", then click on the "Programs" tab, can you click on the "drop down" arrow in the "E-mail" section and choose "Outlook Express". Outlook Express SHOULD be listed as one of the options in that section. If it is not listed in the drop down section, then you'll need to uninstall OE, then reinstall it..

Before uninstalling OE, make sure to create a copy of all your contacts, etc. Once that's done, then open the Control Panel, double click on the "Add/Remove Programs" icon, then click on the "Add/Remove Windows Components" section on the left side of the window. Once that loads, scroll down and UNCHECK the box next to OUtlook Express, then follow all of the prompts to uninstall the program. Restart the computer, then go back to the same section and RECHECK the Outlook Express box and reinstall the program.. You may need the Windows XP CD although usually it can be done without it..

Hope this helps.


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You wrote:
by glb613 / May 3, 2006 4:28 AM PDT

"Outlook Express SHOULD be listed as one of the options in that section"

I know and it isn't. The computer with Office 2003 installed didn't have this happen. I'll try the uninstall and reinstall of OE and see if it works. Thanks.

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registry method
by linkit / May 3, 2006 4:45 AM PDT
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Thank you
by glb613 / May 3, 2006 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: registry method

It worked.

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(NT) (NT) Great! Good job on your part.
by linkit / May 3, 2006 10:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

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