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I have a client that has Win XP Home SP3 and MS Office Home and Student installed (and another machine with Win7 and IE8) who wants to have mailto: links open in IE8 browser email client for his hotmail account?

When I set Internet Options/Programs to use Windows Live Email - the Outlook client still opens for clicks on mailto: links.

Anyone out there able to get this working?

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This appears to be a near duplicate of this: superuser.com/questions/82163/… –  jmsmcfrlnd Nov 17 '10 at 23:05
    
UPDATE 2011-12-28: I used various methods (sorry there were so many that I found, I don't recall which)...however I found these processes more or less buggy and/or inconsistent across machines. I no longer support these machines, so I am sorry I won't be of further use on this one. –  jmsmcfrlnd Dec 28 '11 at 17:21
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Below is how to do what you want using Chrome and Gmail. It should be fairly evident how to adapt the method to work with IE8 and hotmail.

Make mailto: links open in gmail in Google Chrome browser (Windows XP & Vista)

WIndows XP

In any windows explorer window (except desktop):

  • Go to Tools > Folder Options > File Types
  • Near the top of the list of filetypes, click on “URL:Mailto Protocol”
  • Click on “Advanced”
  • With “open” highlighted, click on “Edit”
  • Change the application to:

    "C:\Pathto\chrome.exe" https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
    

This should all be on one line with a space between the quotation mark after the path info and the https. My path was

C:\Documents and Settings\Brendan\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

To find yours, just right click on a google Chrome shortcut (like the one in your start menu), go to “properties” and copy the “Target” field.

Windows Vista

  • Open your registry editor (Type “regedit” at your start menu)
  • Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command
  • Edit the (Default) command from whatever it is (right click and select modify) to:

    "C:\Pathto\chrome.exe" https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
    

In Vista, your path will be something like

C:\Users\Brendan\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

with “Brendan” being your username.

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