I am currently pushing out MS Office 2003 w/o Outlook. My users are running either Outlook Express or Netscape/Mozilla Communicator, or Thunderbird as their default mail apps, and I don't want to change that, but I would like to push out Outlook for the users who would prefer to use it, or those who need it like the ones with Pocket PC's. The problem is that from what I can see there is no way in the MS Office Custom Install Wizard to tell Outlook to not be the default mail app. Any ideas? Thanks.

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You might try adding a registry key to your Office .mst. Using Internet Explorer's options to change the default email client changes value of the key at:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail

between: [Outlook Express|Microsoft Outlook], or whatever clients are installed.

You may end up having an .mst for each email client you need to support.


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Answered 04/29/2004 by: craig16229
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Never tried this, but you may be able to have two custom actions - one near the start that reads the current value, and one near the end that writes the old value back again (so that you don't need to have different MSTs).
Answered 05/03/2004 by: mrtap
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I don't know if you noticed this or not, but there is a setting to tell Outlook not to be the default.

On the Change Office User Settings (10/24) page:

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Tools | Options, Other, "Make Outlook the default program for E-Mail, Contacts and Calendar"

Setting that to disabled should work.

You can further enforce that if you are using group policy by adding in the Outlook admin template and setting that in the same location.
Answered 05/05/2004 by: MarkS
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MarkS,

Great tip. Although I have not had a need for this setting to date, I have been through the Office CIW dozens of times and never noticed that setting.

Keep on posting.


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Answered 05/05/2004 by: craig16229
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