How do I get rid of the MS Exchange and have IE use Outlook express?

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I hope that you can point me in the right direction. XPPro,IE6 SP2 and Office 97 (yes, it's old but still works). When I try to "Send a Page by e-mail" or a "Link by E-mail" the MS Exchange Setup Wizard opens. I do NOT use Outlook I only use Outlook Express (OE). Outlook is not installed. canceling the Wizard states I can configure MS Exchange by dbl-clicking the Exchange icon (It does not exist) Then to create a new profile use the mail icon in the control panel (again no such icon). I do not have IIS installed. How do I get rid of the MS Exchange and have IE use OE?

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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:

Internet Explorer
Tools
Options
Programs
Email

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:

<a href=”mailto:fakeAddress@AskTheAdmin.com?subject=Testing%20Default%20Email%20Program”>
mailto:fakeAddress@AskTheAdmin.com?subject=Testing%20Default%20Email%20Program</a>
<a href=”http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/microsoftWindows/settingDefaultEmailClient.cwd”>
For a good walkthorugh on all things OE related check this out as well.</a>

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  • Gail
    can't beleive I have finally found a problem like mine. Had this problem since May worked fine before. I have unistalled Office 97. But. MS exchage wizard comes up Only when I try to resize a photo to send by EMail. OE works fine will send a full size photo as a attachment or in body of Email; its when I try to resize from MY pictures or Picasa. If while exchange wizard box active; in Task Manager says running >go to process> IE. I did what you said IE>tools Programs. In programs under Email there is nothing shown,nothing in dropdown box ? HTML =nothing Email =nothing Newsgroup =outlook express [ I do not use] Internet call =Net meeting [ I do not use] I can fill a form in on web and receive Emails back as normal. Its just the resize that throws that dratted wizard up. Oh please help I would be Sooo.. grateful. Thanks Gail
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