How to make Windows Live Hotmail your default email program

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First, if you don't need access to the webmail from multiple locations, using Windows Live Mail to access your Hotmail may be worth considering.

Within most Windows operating systems such as Windows XP :

  • Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
  • Double click Internet Options
  • Click the Programs tab
  • Within the Email menu select Windows Live Hotmail
  • Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.
To make the Windows Live Hotmail web site your default email program in Windows Vista download and run this file -, then follow the prompts to set your default email program to Windows Live Hotmail.