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Ultimate Geek

# 36842 2-Jul-2009 12:10
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Just noticed this problem after the latest round of Microsoft updates, possibly to do with IE8 installation.

I always use Firefox, but I installed IE8 as backup/2nd browser from the recent round of Microsoft updates

If select a file and right click on it, then choose send to-->mail recipient prompts me to set up a Windows Mail account.  I use Thunderbird as email client and it always used to open a new compose email in thunderbird.

Default settings are correct for email, so I dont know why it is trying to open a Windows Mail. 

I remember a while back I had a similar issue with mailto links trying to open in Windows Mail as well (when Thunderbird was default mail client).  I stumbled across setting or checkbox somewhere that fixed it, but was so long ago I cant remember where (may also not be relevant)

Bloody Microsoft updates!

Anyone got any suggestions?

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  # 230253 2-Jul-2009 12:45
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Check Thunderbird is set as the default in these 3 places:

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  # 230257 2-Jul-2009 12:55
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Thanks Ragnor but none of that worked.


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  # 230267 2-Jul-2009 13:13
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Finally found the answer (after about 2 hour searching)

"Open Start menu > Default Programs > Set Program Access and Computer Defaults. Do NOT open Set Your Default Programs, the first choice.

Essentially, there are 3 sections: Microsoft Windows, Non-Microsoft and Custom. The correct choice is Custom It's necessary to click ^^ to see the choices within Custom. In this Window you can select Thunderbird as the default and disable Windows Mail access"

Why you have to change this setting in two different places I do not know.  Bloody Microsoft.

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