Setting Windows XP default web/HTTP mail for IE and Firefox

I finally got tired of having the default web link on my old reliable XP (no-weirdness) home PC being set to windows mail , yuck.  Turns out, not as easy as I had hoped to find the “simple” solution for changing the default mail links.  Gmail has a nice notifier widget, not so with Hotmail, which I wanted for my default mail. Plus, I wanted to change it globally on the system.

You can find the gmail notifier here:

Poking around the web I found several very arcane solutions.. really???  Having to attack the registry didn’t make sense to me.  Of course there was an easier way, finally found it here:

Note: click images to enlarge for viewing.

Setting the Hotmail Default mail client.

Setting the Hotmail Default mail client.

Turns out, that you can get to this option window from the XP Control Panel or the IE Tools > Internet Options > Programs. Set Email option to: Windows Live Hotmail.

Once this was set on the Microsoft side of the house, where I really wanted this feature was Firefox… now it showed as an option:

Firefox Mail default setting.

Firefox Mail default setting.

Tools > Options > Applications > Mailto

Select: Use Microsoft HTTP Mail Simple MAPI


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