To set/reset Windows Live Mail as default in Vista:
Ensure Windows Live Mail is set as the default e-mail program in all the relevant places as follows:
Firstly, Microsoft Outlook can silently steal some of the the e-mail defaults when you open it, so if you have Outlook installed, uncheck the option: "Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar" at Tools->Options...->Other [tab] in Outlook.
In Vista, apart from making WLMail the default Mail and News handler at WLMail's Tools->options...->General [tab], also set all its defaults through: Start Orb->Control Panel->Internet Options->Programs [tab]->Set programs [button]->Set your default programs->Windows Live Mail, and Windows Live Mail (news)->Set this program as default [button] ("this program has all its defaults" should be indicated above this button).
Also, follow that up by going to: Start Orb->Control Panel->Internet Options->Programs [tab]->Set programs [button]->Set program access and computer defaults->Custom, and check "Windows Live Mail" under "Choose a default e-mail program :"
If the above process does not fix it, then it would appear the operating system, for some reason, is not able to change the relevant registry Value Data. You might try first making another e-mail program (such as Windows Mail) the default, then go back and make Windows Live Mail the default.
(Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 with Windows Live Mail 12.0.1606)
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"berserker" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> Thanks again. I have the same: WC has 4 of 5 (except .vcf).
> Gary VanderMolen;780303 Wrote:
>> I just tested your scenario, and it did open WLM for me.
>> Try repeating my advice regarding Default Programs, except
>> choose Windows Contacts. When I did, it said Windows Contacts
>> had 4 of 5 defaults (all except .vcf).
>> Note: for continuity, kindly quote the message you are replying to.
>> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
>> "berserker" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> news:firstname.lastname@example.org...> > >
>> > >
>> > > Gary,
>> > >
>> > > Thanks for your reply. WLM is set to all its defaults and is the
>> > > default e-mail app for everything but Windows Contacts.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > --
>> > > berserker > >