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If Windows Live Messenger is installed standalone when you click the mail icon it opens Hotmail in the web browser (typically IE). After installing Windows Live Mail clicking the mail icon in Messenger opens Live Mail instead of opening Hotmail in the browser. Is there a way to configure things such that I can leave Windows Live Mail installed but have Messenger open Hotmail in the browser when I click on the mail icon?

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I wanted to do the same as you and it took me hours to find this!

You do not say what operating system you are using. The following should work on Vista/7, maybe XP but not 100% certain.

You want to open up Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail\Hotmail

Change Default from Windows Live Mail to Windows Live Hotmail

Next, Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\LocalSettings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache

If you have any items called "Windows Live Mail", simply change them to Windows Live Hotmail.

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The OS is Vista. I'll give this a try. Thanks. –  ne0sonic Jan 19 '10 at 15:29

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