How to Disable ALL Email Clients?

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January 15, 2009 at 19:48:15
Specs: Windows XP Home SP2, 3 gightz IntelPentium4, 1GB RAM
Once upon a time, one could disable Internet Options |Internet Programs | Email Client associations to prevent automatic launches of email if a web page Submit button was pressed... for the same reason one doesn't want to permit autodialing. Disabling this was possible with Win95. (I forget how) I have found no way to DISABLE the blasted association in WinXP with IE7. The drop down options show as Outlook, Outlook Express and WinLiveMail, but no "none." I do NOT use any of these apps, and don't want them (or any other email program) to autolaunch. How/where do I disable this bloody thing? I presume the setting is buried in Registry. Microsoft Help has been no help, as usual, and Google spits out far too many useless hits to find an answer in this century. Thanks!

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January 16, 2009 at 01:40:14
SickofMicrosoft, I'm not positive we're thinking of the same critter... Could it be that you're opening mail with a link? Look at the options in your mail handler and uncheck the 'preview' box and see if that doesn't do what you want. Seems (not sure) I recall that you MUST have a mail handler?
Ed in Texas.

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January 16, 2009 at 04:29:50
you cant easily disable microsofts "onboard" programs (outlook E, IE etc). if you manage to get them disabled then your copy of windows will start to "play-up" and microsoft will re-enable these programs by the end of the month (yes they can do this, so its not really worth trying to disable them

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January 16, 2009 at 06:54:45
Open Regedit to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\mailto\shell\open\command Double-click on Default and enter the path to your email program if it's located on your HDD. If not, delete the value in there.

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To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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