Good old Microsoft Office 97!
Normally Outlook express will ask you if it should be the default program the first time you start it up and it detects that it isn’t: IIf another email application is the default, it will display the following message: Outlook Express is not currently your default mail client. Would you like to make it your default mail client?
But if you ignore this and check the box not to prompt you again – guess what? It won’t prompt you again and you will need to do the following steps. I have had the exact same issue and also still use 97!
Lets get you all fixed up. The problem lies within the system defaults and they can be found within:
Change the email drop down to be Outlook Express. and click ok and restart your machine. The next time you try and do something that auto launches your OE you better believe it will!
Check out this link to see if your OE will work after you make the change:
For a good walkthorugh on all things OE related check this out as well.</a>