A. To configure Outlook Express as the default News reader perform the following:

  1. Start Outlook Express
  2. From the Tools menu select Options
  3. Select the General tab
  4. At the bottom of the dialog box click the 'Make Default' button next to the 'This application is NOT the default News handler'.

You can also manually perform the change by making the following registry changes:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\news\DefaultIcon
  3. Double click (Default) and change to "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe,-3" (don't type the quotes)
  4. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\news\shell\open\command
  5. Double click (Default) and change to
    "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /newsurl:%1 (do type the quotes)
  6. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\snews\DefaultIcon
  7. Double click (Default) and change to "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe,-3" (don't type the quotes)
  8. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\snews\shell\open\command
  9. Double click (Default) and change to
    "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /newsurl:%1 (do type the quotes)
  10. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nntp\DefaultIcon
  11. Double click (Default) and change to "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe,-3" (don't type the quotes)
  12. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nntp\shell\open\command
  13. Double click (Default) and change to
    "%SystemDrive%\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /newsurl:%1 (do type the quotes)
  14. Close the registry editor
  15. Reboot the machine