When you click on a hyperlink in Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail, you may see the Application not found error message. This happens if the default browser is not set, or the http protocol association is incorrect. The same error may occur when double-clicking an Internet Shortcut (.URL) file in the system.

To resolve the problem, use the Default Programs feature in Windows Vista to reset the default Web browser preference.

Reset the default web browser

Step 1

1. Click Start, Default Programs

2. Click Set your default programs

3. Select your web browser from the list

4. Click Set this program as default

5. Click OK.

Then follow these steps:

Step 2

1. Click Set program access and computer defaults

2. Click Continue if you see the User Account Control prompt.

3. Click Custom

4. Select your web browser from the list

5. Click OK.

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  1. Vicki
    said this on Tuesday, February 10th 2015 9:28 pm

    Thanks it worked for me as well.

  2. Himanshu
    said this on Thursday, November 27th 2014 5:37 pm

    Thanks. It worked for me.

  3. Welat
    said this on Saturday, February 22nd 2014 5:47 pm

    Dears All,

    When an email opened I in the mail there is a site for picture you wnt to see
    If I click the picture to be viewed
    msgs. General Failure, ( The URL was: @http:/krs.bz/carview/c?c=1773068m=55833078&v=d613ae14”. Application not found
    Was this information helpful?

  4. said this on Friday, January 24th 2014 3:24 pm

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for application not found

  5. woodie
    said this on Monday, September 9th 2013 10:41 am

    Your awesome..I used it on windows 7 and it worked great..Thank you

  6. Mel
    said this on Thursday, May 2nd 2013 4:23 am

    For a computer illiterate such as myself, this was much easier than I thought it would be.

    Thank you, thank you!

  7. Maya
    said this on Friday, April 5th 2013 7:52 am

    Once i got to step two, when i clicked on set program access and computer default, a screen popped up with different icons on it. i chose internet explorer and hit OK, it opened a window in internet explorer which remained blank… HELP!

  8. Loga
    said this on Thursday, March 7th 2013 5:17 pm

    Wonderful.. Worked for me…. Thanks a lot…..

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