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Setting Yahoo as my default mail in XP?


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#1 dickward

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 09:50 AM

I have done this before but I forgot the procedure, it started with installing Yahoo Messenger first to get Yahoo mail introduced into your system.

I tried this today but it never got Yahoo into my list of choices.

http://help.yahoo.com/l/uk/yahoo/mail/clas...ettings-10.html

Where did I go wrong?

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 10:58 AM

Hi dickward,

I can't see how you could go wrong with those instructions.

First thing is when you downloaded it, did you install it? Stupid question, but...

Second, if you changed the default that should now show. So...

In Internet Properties, If you click the “Programs” tab along the top now, what default email is showing?
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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:04 PM

To look into the program setting for email it shows Outlook Express as the one in use.
It also shows Microsoft Outlook, MSN Explorer, and Hot Mail.

Yahoo is not on my list.

I can not fully install the Yahoo Messenger. What I need is supposed to be in the Yahoo Toolbar.

I get an error when I try to install:

You do not have access to make the required system configuration modifications. Please rerun this installation from an administrators account.

My users accounts are 1) me as administrator & 2) guest which is not turned on.



So where to now?

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 12:45 PM

The administrator error message does appear to be a red herring if your settings show you as having administrator rights

I would uninstall Yahoo completely and then install Yahoo mail first and then if that was successful add the Yahoo messenger afterwards. Some programs don't like you installing things in a different order and so compatibility issues occur with different versions.

So, and you probably know this already, go to Start>Control Panel>Add/remove programs and remove all trace of Yahoo from your system. Then do a fresh reinstall.

Make sure that you install the latest versions of both the mail and messenger to lessen the chances of older program compatibility problems and bugs that haven't been fixed.
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Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:37 PM

I did as you suggested and I did get past the administrator problem, but I still can not get Yahoo mail into the list so I can default to it.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 06:43 PM

Okay, if you haven't got it already I need you to download and then run HijackThis. Not the scanning part though but the uninstall list. I want to make sure that Yahoo Mail is on it.

Click here to download HijackThis.
Save HJTInstall.exe to your Desktop.
Double click on the HJTInstall.exe icon to start the program.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis
After the final dialogue box it will launch HijackThis.

Click "Open The Misc Tools Section"

Click "Open Uninstall Manager"
Click "Save List" (generates uninstall_list.txt)
Click Save, copy and paste the results in your next post.
More information with a screenshot, can be found here.

Don't run a scan, and if you do don't post it here. Just the uninstall list. Thanks
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:35 AM

Did as instructed and installed HiJack This to run the Uninstall Manager list. Here it is.

ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint
Absolute Uninstaller 2.5
Acronis True Image Home
Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin
Adobe Reader 9
AVG Free 8.0
BadCopy Pro
CCleaner (remove only)
CDBurnerXP
C-Media 3D Audio
C-Media WDM Audio Driver
Dell PC Fax
Dell Photo AIO Printer 966
DoubleSafety
EmailStripper 2.2
filehippo.com Update Checker
Free Download Manager 2.5
HijackThis 2.0.2
Hotfix for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (KB953595)
KeePass Password Safe 1.14
LogMeIn
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Microsoft Bootvis
Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for Windows XP
Microsoft Office 2000 Premium
Microsoft Silverlight
Microsoft User-Mode Driver Framework Feature Pack 1.0
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable
Mozilla Firefox (3.0.3)
MSXML 4.0 SP2 and SOAP Toolkit 3.0
Network Magic
Print to Fax
Security Update for Windows XP (KB958644)
SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter Driver
SiS Compatible VGA V2.12
Smart Defrag 1.02
Spy Sweeper
Spy Sweeper Core
Spybot - Search & Destroy
SpywareBlaster 4.1
Update for Windows XP (KB951072-v2)
Windows Defender
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Format 11 runtime
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Media Player 11
Windows XP Service Pack 3

Thank you for all of your help on this concern.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 11:57 AM

Okay, there's no Yahoo program on the add/remove so we'll start by reinstalling Yahoo Messenger.

If you have installed Messenger then use the search to find the file...

Once it's downloaded (somewhere you can find it) make sure you double click the .exe file to set the installation process going.

Now follow the instructions for setting the default. Just for ease I've pasted them below.

1. From the “Start” pop-up menu in the lower left corner of your desktop, select “Settings” > “Control Panel”.
2. In the Control Panel, select “Internet Options”. This opens the “Internet Properties” window.
3. Click the “Programs” tab along the top.
4. Click the “E-mail” pull-down menu, and select Yahoo! Mail.
5. Click OK. Done!

Let me know how it's going.
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Posted 26 October 2008 - 04:06 PM

I did the reinstall of Yahoo Messenger. It shows and I can go into it.

When I go in to the control panel, Internet options, programs, E-mail it still does not show Yahoo Mail in my list.

I have, in this order:

Microsoft Outlook
MSN Explorer
Outlook Express
Windows Live Mail

I have two computers and it is the same results on both of them.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 04:27 PM

Okay, went looking for browser compatability. You have Firefox on your add/remove. If that is your browser then try this little file.

http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/mail/ext/e...

After you download the file, you should find a shortcut for Yahoo Mail (which is a yellow mailbox with a red 'Y' on top of it) on your desktop.

Once Yahoo Mail has been properly set up as your default e-mail client, whenever you click on an e-mail address on any web page (provided that it is a standard "mailto" link), or in any computer program, Yahoo Mail will open for you in a new window and automatically load the e-mail address that you wish to contact.

See if that fixes it. :thumbsup:
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