Getting rid of Outlook

I’m getting used to Vista, and have now come across another difficult problem. I use Eudora for email, but when (in Vista) I click on a “mailto” command, it tries to configure Outlook.

I am going to try to uninstall Outlook, but after that I am hoping that Vista will relent and let me “mailto” through Eudora.

Anyone else solved this problem? Am I barking up the right tree?

11 Responses to “Getting rid of Outlook”

  1. spwebdesign says:

    In your browser options you should be able to specify default mail client. May have to do it in IE even if your default browser is another. Or have you done that and are still having problems?

  2. smlee4 says:

    yep, your friend is right. If not, try asking your ISP’s technical guys?

  3. chrishansenhome says:

    I have now discovered the mechanism by which Vista designates a program in the registry as the program that responds to mailto. I have tricked it into thinking that Eudora is agent. The next step is to copy the registry entry to Eudora with suitable changes and see whether that will work.

    Vista has decided in its wisdom that Eudora is not a fit email program, so it doesn’t list it as one. I will look and see whether Firefox allows me to specify a default email client…

  4. chrishansenhome says:

    The ISP is useless. I’m ready to throw in the towel, but have one mor3e ace up my sleeve. We will see…

  5. smlee4 says:

    By right, windows keep track of all programs that you would like it to open any files with. If you want to open a certain file with another program, you can do it with “Open With”.

    If you want it to be a permanent change, check the “Always use this program..” option.

    Does the above help?

  6. chrishansenhome says:

    That’s for XP. Vista is different, and for certain things like email, it doesn’t like many programs and limits the programs you can use. However, I am trying to tweak the Registry to fool it into thinking that Eudora is the default program. Difficult, but I’m getting close to the solution.

  7. smlee4 says:

    So, in Vista, you try clicking on an email link, and it opens up Outlook, but you want Eudora to appear?

  8. chrishansenhome says:

    Well, it’s worse than that. I’ve not installed Outlook, so it tried to put Windows Mail on, but of course that isn’t configured. It then decided that Forte Agent (which takes care of my newsgroup reading) should also take care of my email; I don’t like Agent’s email system, so I don’t use it. It also offered SeaMonkey’s email services. It doesn’t offer Eudora.

    Now I’ve gotten it to the point where it will open Eudora, but will not start a new email and put the address with the “mailto” command into the “To” box of the new email. I’ll have it licked yet…

  9. smlee4 says:

    uumm, what’s “licked”?

    gosh, I did not know Vista can make things so messy!

  10. chrishansenhome says:

    No, it’s not “licked” as with the tongue (although I do know what to do with my tongue… 😉 )…it’s “licked” as in “conquered”.

  11. smlee4 says:

    hahah.. i sure knw it’s not that “lick”. jus wondered what is the context 🙂