Selection of mail link on web doesn't work with Windows (Vista) Mail


J

Jon T

This situation occurs with both IE and Firefox.

My OS is Vista Ultimate 64 bit, patch1.

I am using Vista Mail.

When I am on the Web and I select a e-mail link, I am not getting a new
email box.
I do have my Windows Mail Inbox come to the screen, but a New Mail box with
the address filled in, from the web site, as expected is not happening.

I have been through "Set Default Programs" and Windows Mail is selected as
my default.
It certainly is possible that there is something in:
Associate a file type or protocol with a program" or
Set program access and computer defaults"
that I am missing.

But, when I click on a Web Link to email, The Windows (or Vista), Mail
Inbox just comes up.

Can you please help let me know what I am doing wrong ??

Thanks,

Jon
 
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Dyndrilliac

Try going to "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" from
"Default Programs" as accessed through the Start Menu, and scroll to the
bottom. Ensure that the "MailTo" protocol is set to Windows Mail.
 
R

Robert Aldwinckle

Jon T said:
PA Bear,

When I click on the email link on the web, Windows Mail comes up !!
What should occur is a New Message Box with the TO: already filled out and
Sometimes, the Subject filled out.


That suggests that the file type association for mailto is equivalent
to a command line for just the program and not the proper one.
E.g. it could be missing the /mailto:%1 operand.

Tell us what you see from executing these two commands (in a cmd window):

assoc mailto
and
ftype mailto


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
 
G

Gary VanderMolen

It sometimes help to renew the associations. I believe this
will rewrite the registry entries:
Open the Default Programs applet, then click on "Set program
access and computer defaults." Click Custom, and select
Windows Mail. Click OK.
 
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Gary VanderMolen

Interesting because my 'ftype mailto' has a few differences:

mailto="C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe" /mailurl:%1

The fact that my path doesn't use the environmental variable
%ProgramFiles% should make no difference, but notice the colon
after your exe, and your quote marks around %1. I don't know
if any of that makes any difference.
 
P

PA Bear [MS MVP]

Thank you.

Jon said:
I have tried it with Windows Mail NOT running in the background.

Then I opened Windows Mail and tried it again and it did the same thing.
Brought up the Windowas Mail window and nothing more.

Jon
 
P

PA Bear [MS MVP]

Seconded.

Gary said:
Interesting because my 'ftype mailto' has a few differences:

mailto="C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe" /mailurl:%1

The fact that my path doesn't use the environmental variable
%ProgramFiles% should make no difference, but notice the colon
after your exe, and your quote marks around %1. I don't know
if any of that makes any difference.
 
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Dave S.

This may or may not be helpful:

Subject: vista ultimate 64-bit default programs and IE7 default email progr
10/9/2008 12:16 AM PST

By: Dave S. In: microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general
 

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