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    Disable Outlook Express ?

    I am using XP pro SP2.

    Whenever, I accidently click on a URL for a mail link in websites, the damn outlook express will be launched and wasting my time. I never use that for my email purposes.

    Is there any way that I can disable Outlook Express? Is there anything in the Group policy to disable it?

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    Control panel>Add Remove programs.

    There is a button on the right "Add/Remove Windows components"
    Once clicked there will be a list of programs included with windows, Outlook Express is in the list.

    edit - Sorry, the button is on the other right, known as "Left"

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    It's probably set as your default e-mail program, if you use another one..you could reset that.

    Or uninstall as Norm mentioned

    Or make an entry in the disallowrun section of the registry, type in the executable name for Outlook Express. "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe"
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    Norm:

    I did that but didn't help. I checked that again. When highlight that entry in the pop up pane it says, "add or remove access to Outlook Express from the Start menu". So , I guess it isn't actually disabling it.

    Stonecat:

    I couldn't find the "disllowrun" entry after a search in the Registry entries but I found several "disallowed" main keys under HKCU and HKLM.

    Would you give me the regisrty key location?
    Last edited by satyre; 08-15-05 at 10:08 PM.

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    Another option (if you want to keep OE around 'just in case' you want to quickly use it now and again)
    I do the same for that nagging MS Messenger that opens everytime OE opens. I rename the executable so Windows, or OE can't find it. That creates an event logged every time OE opens, but doesn't really affect performance or anything else I can notice.

    Rename the msimn.exe YOSC posted about to oldmsimn.exe and it won't open again. Or if you're sure you want it GONE, delete msimn.exe.

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    That msimn.exe automatically recreated soon after I renamed it. Then I deleted it, again it recreated.

    Now what?

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    lol
    Wrong again, I don't believe it.

    The pesky file msimn.exe is a protected system file and gets recreated if renamed or deleted.

    Give me a minute. I'll think of something lol

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    http://www.activewin.com/tips/tips/m...vanced/8.shtml

    That's all I could find on the removal of OE. The MS article is no longer available.

    Sounds like fun.

    Probably better off being careful what you click....

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    Something here on Windows file protection.

    http://www.updatexp.com/windows-file-protection.html

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by satyre
    I am using XP pro SP2.

    Whenever, I accidently click on a URL for a mail link in websites, the damn outlook express will be launched and wasting my time. I never use that for my email purposes.

    Is there any way that I can disable Outlook Express? Is there anything in the Group policy to disable it?
    Launch Internet Explorer and click on Tools. Select Internet Options and then click on the Programs Tab. Select your e-mail program in the E-mail field.

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    AHA!
    Safe mode is does the trick. No file protection in safe mode.

    I renamed the Outlook Express folder "c:\Program Files\Outlook Express"
    It gets recreated after a reboot, but it's empty and Windows can't find msimn.exe when clicking on a mailto: link. You will get an error message due to the default mail client not being properly installed, but OE won't startup.

    Deleting the folder in safe mode will work as well, although not advisable.

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    Use software restriction policy to disable outlook express

    1. Start->Run->secpol.msc

    2. Right click Software Restriction Policies-> Create new policy

    3. Expand software restriction policies
    Right click Additional rules-> New Path Rule
    Path: C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
    Security Level: Disallowed
    Click OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by goosebalance
    Use software restriction policy to disable outlook express

    1. Start->Run->secpol.msc

    2. Right click Software Restriction Policies-> Create new policy

    3. Expand software restriction policies
    Right click Additional rules-> New Path Rule
    Path: C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
    Security Level: Disallowed
    Click OK
    Excellent, I love it. Thanks. Brand new to me. Very useful info.

    While testing on XP Pro SP2 on my machine I found the above should read:
    1. Start->Run->secpol.msc

    2. Expand software restriction policies
    Right click Additional rules-> New Path Rule
    Path: C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe
    Security Level: Disallowed
    Click OK[/QUOTE]

    Your step 2 didn't work. Otherwise SUPER!

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    goosebalance:

    Thanks a lot, that is what I expected something through policy restriction. Is it any new discovery?

    Norm:

    Thanks a lot, you have been very helpfull all the time and brought up lot of ideas.

    As for the step 2 , I had to do it. Without step 2, there were nothing under software restriction policies after the expansion. When I did the step 2, two entries appeared.

    This OE has been bugging me for a long time, now I don't have to kick cans around here during its accidental launch.

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    You're welcome Satyre

    The right click not needed here 'may' be due to other settings or services I've messed with.

    I'm glad goosebalance came by with this solution. It's one of those things that I've not worked with yet and was very happy to know about it. I remember a problem I had a few weeks ago and had to work around it. Most likely because a secpol was in effect and I was unaware.

    Thanks again goosebalance. It's good to have you around.

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    1 Badtech, I want to thank you for your answer. You may have made this statement three years ago, but it cured my problem today. I didn't try it at first because I use Firefox.

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    Thank you it worked!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1badtech View Post
    Launch Internet Explorer and click on Tools. Select Internet Options and then click on the Programs Tab. Select your e-mail program in the E-mail field.
    Thank you thank you thank you. I thought Outlook Express was going to drive me mahd - every time I clicked on an email link there it *was*. No matter how many times I went in Outlook2003 and made it the default - nothing happened.

    Your method worked like charm. Yay you... Blessings on your house.

    Margo

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