Outlook 2003 Not Listed in Default Programs

When you click Start – Default Programs – Set Your Default Programs, Outlook 2003 entry may be missing from the Programs list even though it is installed in the system. As a result, you may be unable to set Outlook 2003 as the default e-mail client.

To restore Microsoft Outlook 2003 to the Default Programs list in Windows Vista, use one of the following methods:

Method 1 – Repair your Outlook installation

1. Start Microsoft Outlook


2. From the Help menu, click Detect and Repair

3. Insert your Office/Outlook installation media when prompted.

If the above does not work, you might want to use the tool discussed in Method 2 below.

Method 2 – Run the OL2003fix tool

Download the file OL2003Fix. Unzip and extract the contents to a folder. Double-click the file OL2003fix.exe. This tool should repair Outlook 2003 registration in the system.

17 thoughts on “Outlook 2003 Not Listed in Default Programs

  1. Tried this on my system (OL2003, Windows7 64 bit). Now mailto links open dozens of blank IE windows. The fix is worse than the problem.

  2. Ramesh,

    I have Outlook installed in D:/Microsoft Office/Office 11/

    I ran the fix changing the the Server to install mode but the software reports it is unable to locate outlook.exe.


  3. Ramesh,

    Can I ask you to eith post or email what registry keys are affected by this tool. I have the issue but it is on a Citrix Server installation on Win 2008 Standard server 32bit OS. I need to backup the keys in case the fix does not work.


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