Installation of WLMail on a Win XP computer de-registers Outlook
Express. Although OE is still on your computer, Windows no
longer recognises it as an email program. As a consequence, EML
files may not open correctly, when you double click on the file
name. To correct this problem, try the following steps:
Click on "Start" (bottom left hand corner of your desktop),
followed by "Run".
Then, type msimn.exe /reg (Note the space between exe and /reg).
This step re-registers Outlook Express, and is essential - before
you do anything else.
Next, open Control Panel. Click on Folder Options, and select
Scroll down to eml and if necessary, change the registered file
type to Outlook Express. Tick the box marked "Always use this
program to open this type of file".
If the menu offers a "Restore" option, click on "Restore".
If the menu offers an "Advanced" option, click on "Advanced".
Then, under "Actions", select "open" followed by "Edit". If the
open command is present, it should read "C:\Program Files\Outlook
Express\msimn.exe" /eml:%1 (NB - include the inverted commas in
the command line). If the open command is missing, copy the
above string into the box and save your changes.
(You may need to perform "Restore" as well as "Advanced".)
If you also want to use Outlook Express as your default
newsreader, you should repeat these steps for NWS files. (For
newgroups, the "open" command line should be "C:\Program
Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /nws:%1 )
Save your changes.
Then, open Control Panel again and click on Internet Options.
Click on Programs. If necessary, set Outlook Express as the
default program for emails - and if necessary, for newsgroups.
I am glad you have been able to re-import the content of your
address book from WLMail to Windows Address Book. As you have
discovered, subsequent amendments to your Windows
Address Book will not be replicated in Windows Live Mail. For
the future, it would probably be easiest to enter new or amended
data in both places.
You could consider an alternative method to update your contacts
list in WLMail, if you are 100% satisfied that your Windows
Address Book is completely up to date. Open the WLMail contacts
list and delete every entry. Then, click on File / Import - and
re-import your Windows Address Book.
However, I don't recommend this method, because there are
differences between the way data is recorded in both places - and
you might lose data.
"Tony" <kimmitchell1410@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I switched from Windows Live Mail back to Outlook Express
> mostly because Windows Live Mail does not use the Windows
> Address Book. I was able to import it, with difficulty, but
> updating the address book does not update my email contact list
> in Windows Live Mail. My problem is that now, whenever I open
> an .eml attachment in Outlook Express or open an email message
> that I saved, it is opened in Windows Live Mail, not Outlook
> Express. I tried reassociating .eml messages with Outlook
> Express, but that does not work. Outlook Express opens when I
> try to open a saved .eml file, but it does not open the
> message. Can anyone help me with this? I use Win XP sp3,
> Outlook Express 6.