MS Outlook not listed on W7 Default Programs

Microsoft Office 2003 basic edition
February 11, 2010 at 17:11:09
Specs: Windows 7 Professional, 2.41GHz/3.25GB RAM
I have Microsoft Office installed, and I want to use Outlook as my default client, but every time I try to click a mailto link, it always bring up Windows Live. When I try to select Outlook as default from the Default Programs list, it's not even on the list. It also isn't listed in the Associations. I've tried repairing my Office installation, and it's still not showing up. I have it checked in Outlook to be default, but that doesn't seem to do much. How can I get Outlook on my Default Programs list?

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#1
February 11, 2010 at 17:38:50
They didn't include it. Use another email client or use the live mail that came with it.

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#2
February 11, 2010 at 19:02:04
Yeah they replaced with with MS Live which basically works like Outlook Express.

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#3
February 11, 2010 at 19:13:56
Outlook is a component of Microsoft Office Suite. Even if you have Office 2003 Basic installed, you should have access to Word 2003, Excel 2003 & Outlook 2003.

If you have Outlook installed, do you have it configured successfully & have you used it to send & receive emails?

If you answered yes to the above, all you need to do is set it as your system-wide default e-mail application:

→ Click on the Start orb.

→ Type "def" in the Start Search field.

→ Click on Default Programs from the search results.

→ Click Set your default programs.

→ From the Programs list on the left, click on Microsoft Outlook.

→ Then click Set this program as default on the right side & hit OK.

If you think the above is too complicated, you can download & use the Default Programs Editor for the association.

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#4
February 11, 2010 at 21:08:58
Also in Internet explorer, under tools, intenet options, use the programs tab, under internet programs you will see set programs which will allow you to set your internet related programs that are default, such as your email client.

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#5
February 12, 2010 at 09:41:22
It seems really strange that Microsoft would not support one of their own products on W7, apparently I have to either use Windows Live, or just copy and paste every time I want to click a mailto link in Outlook. I hope they fix this soon, it's their own Office suite! Thanks for your suggestions.

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#6
February 12, 2010 at 13:52:42
They want you to purchase Outlook as a separate program. If you install Mozilla Thunderbird, you have the option to make it the default email program either during the install or later if you would like. I assume that if you installed Outlook from a new media purchased from them, it would also give you that option, BUT you would have to pay for it.
Are you absolutely sure that there is not an option for 'make default' in Outlook under tools, options or such....

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#7
February 12, 2010 at 14:02:10
I found your answer:
Open Internet explorer (I followed IE8), Go to 'tools' and select 'Internet Options', then 'Programs' tab, Under 'Internet Programs' select 'set programs' and 'Set Your Default Programs'. On the left side is a list of programs, select Outlook from this list and highlight it, finally, select 'Set This Program As Default' near the bottom.
YOU ARE DONE!!

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#8
February 12, 2010 at 15:46:16
I appreciate everybody's help, but it's not that I have a problem finding where to set default programs. It's that Outlook is not allowed as a default program - it's not on the list, period. I'll work around it.

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#9
February 12, 2010 at 17:16:01
Uninstall & reinstall Outlook.

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#10
February 26, 2010 at 17:09:32
Hey, I have the same problem. I even tried the sage advice in the last message. No go. Getting ready to call Win7 support now. Any more ideas?

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#11
March 2, 2010 at 05:16:35
In windows 7 you cant see any default email client but you can download and install from Microsoft website for free. Windows Live is having more features than outlook.

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#12
April 5, 2010 at 14:31:41
Cmon everyone, *read* the question before you try to answer it. He knows right where to go, and what to do. He also never mentioned Outlook Express, so please stop bringing that up. The issue is that Outlook is not showing up as a selectable option in the Default Programs list. I am having the same problem on a client's machine, running Windows 7 and Office 2010 Beta. Outlook just isn't offered in the list of default programs.

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#13
April 5, 2010 at 17:15:33
If they ever run the windows 7 advisor it says right there that it does not support Outlook Express.

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#14
September 20, 2010 at 14:33:11
What worked for me: W7, MS Office 2003-
Uninstalled all MS live products, and removed outlook registry key (start menu search, regedit, hkey_local_machine/software/clients/ (delete MS outlook folder)
close regedit, open outlook, help menu, repair )

Though Outlook is still not listed in the default settings options with the Live mail deleted it only has Outlook to find. Worked for my need of excel mail to links to go through outlook.


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