How do I make Hotmail my computer's default mail program?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Darkstar416, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Darkstar416

    Darkstar416 Guest

    Hey folks,

    I simply want my computer to open Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail) when I
    click on an e-mail address on a web page. It currently opens that Windows
    mail program that I'm honestly not too fond of.

    Thanks in advance!

    -Jason Paris
     
    Darkstar416, Jul 16, 2007
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  2. Darkstar416

    dean-dean Guest

    Right-click the Start button on your Desktop. Choose Properties. Click on
    Customize. At the bottom of the window change Windows Mail to Window Live
    Mail. Then click OK. Then click Apply and OK.
     
    dean-dean, Jul 16, 2007
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  3. Darkstar416

    Tom Lake Guest

    I have Windows Mail in that box but it still tries to use Outlook 2007 when
    I click
    on an email link.

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Jul 16, 2007
    #3
  4. Tom,

    Click Start, select Default Programs
    Click Set program access and computer defaults
    Click Custom, and select Windows Mail
    Click OK

    Then, follow these steps:

    Click Set your default programs
    Select your mail client from the list
    Click Set this program as default
    Click OK

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    I have Windows Mail in that box but it still tries to use Outlook 2007 when
    I click
    on an email link.

    Tom Lake
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jul 16, 2007
    #4
  5. Register Windows Live Hotmail with the Default Programs tool in Windows Vista:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/224/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hey folks,

    I simply want my computer to open Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail) when I
    click on an e-mail address on a web page. It currently opens that Windows
    mail program that I'm honestly not too fond of.

    Thanks in advance!

    -Jason Paris
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jul 16, 2007
    #5
  6. Install Windows Live Mail
    http://get.live.com/betas/maildesktop_betas
     
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jul 16, 2007
    #6
  7. Interesting. So Windows Live Hotmail is actually an email program?
    I assumed it was just a fancy new name for Hotmail.

    However, I got the impression the OP wants to use WLM, not WLH.

    Gary VanderMolen

    Register Windows Live Hotmail with the Default Programs tool in Windows Vista:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/224/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hey folks,

    I simply want my computer to open Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail) when I
    click on an e-mail address on a web page. It currently opens that Windows
    mail program that I'm honestly not too fond of.

    Thanks in advance!

    -Jason Paris
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Jul 16, 2007
    #7
  8. So Windows Live Hotmail is actually an email program?

    Yes. Sort of. The MAPI dll (hmmapi.dll) is present in "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer". This module can handle mailto: and Simple MAPI calls.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Interesting. So Windows Live Hotmail is actually an email program?
    I assumed it was just a fancy new name for Hotmail.

    However, I got the impression the OP wants to use WLM, not WLH.

    Gary VanderMolen

    Register Windows Live Hotmail with the Default Programs tool in Windows Vista:
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/224/1/

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Hey folks,

    I simply want my computer to open Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail) when I
    click on an e-mail address on a web page. It currently opens that Windows
    mail program that I'm honestly not too fond of.

    Thanks in advance!

    -Jason Paris
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Jul 17, 2007
    #8
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    Sunil Kumar Yadav, Jul 21, 2007
    #9
  10. Darkstar416

    lyfesaver Guest

    It has taken me all afternoon to come up with a method to set my default
    email to my Live Hotmail account.

    First, Download, Extract, and Run the program at this site
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...e-Default-Programs-tool-in-Windows-Vista.html
    --> Set Windows Live Hotmail as the Default program.

    Second, go to Run and enter regedt32. There, go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows Live/Communications
    Clients/Shared --> Right click on Mail Install Root; Select Modify; Change
    C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\ to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Hotmail\
    --> Then click on File\Exit

    Third, reboot your machine.

    Now the MailTo: and Mail defaults should be set to go to your Windows Live
    Hotmail login, or directly to the mail client if you have it save your
    username and password.
     
    lyfesaver, Dec 29, 2007
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  11. Darkstar416

    lyfesaver Guest

    It has taken me all afternoon to come up with a method to set my default
    email to my Live Hotmail account.

    First, Download, Extract, and Run the program at this site
    http://www.winhelponline.com/articl...e-Default-Programs-tool-in-Windows-Vista.html
    --> Set Windows Live Hotmail as the Default program.

    Second, go to Run and enter regedt32. There, go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows Live/Communications
    Clients/Shared --> Right click on Mail Install Root; Select Modify; Change
    C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Mail\ to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Hotmail\
    --> Then click on File\Exit

    Third, reboot your machine.

    Now the MailTo: and Mail defaults should be set to go to your Windows Live
    Hotmail login, or directly to the mail client if you have it save your
    username and password.
     
    lyfesaver, Dec 29, 2007
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