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Outlook Express file association problems

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    My mother's computer has Windows XP.

    Her and I have separate accounts that must
    be individually logged on to with passwords.
    I use her computer frfom time to time.

    She uses Outlook Express in her account.

    I use an email program called POCO MAIL.

    Problem is, when she opens a file attachment
    that her friends send her, instead of the
    attachment opening, it opens up my POCO
    MAIL program.

    So, I deleted POCO MAIL.

    Problem now, my Mom can't open attachments
    in Outlook Express. When she tries to, a box
    starts searching for POCO MAIL.

    How can I restore file associations to
    Outlook Express so it opens its own attachments?

    And, yes, I reinstalled IE 6.0.
  2. Chris Bardon

    Chris Bardon Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2000
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    Is this only a certain type of attachment? Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't outlook just use the Windows defined apps for a given file type?

    What happens if you try to open a file of the same type from explorer?

    In any case, if you click on My Computer, then select View, and Folder options, there should be a file types tab in the dialog. Check to see if there are any associations left to Poco, and if there are, delete them. You should then be able to either restore the associations, but it's quite likely that Outlook will restore them for you when you start it up.
  3. Dave Gorman

    Dave Gorman Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 1999
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    Something that has solved similar situations for me & clients in the past:

    Start / Settings / Control Panel
    Internet Options

    Change EMail to something other than OE, OK it. Go back in, change it back to OE, OK it.
  4. Jeff Lehr

    Jeff Lehr Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 1997
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    If you have TweakUI, it has a 'Repair Associations' feature. If you don't have it, just do a search for it on hotfiles.com.


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