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.

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  1. Alan
    said this on Monday, January 27th 2014 3:18 am

    The Detect and Repair method worked for me.


    I love the Internet

  2. Steve
    said this on Thursday, March 7th 2013 3:48 am

    WORKED WITH WINDOWS 7 – 3/5/2013

  3. Paul Walker
    said this on Saturday, January 7th 2012 5:05 pm


    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.


  4. Paul Walker
    said this on Saturday, January 7th 2012 4:27 pm


    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.


  5. Win007
    said this on Tuesday, September 20th 2011 11:57 am

    the OL2003fix tool worked perfect……. now found outlook in list of programs, set as default

  6. said this on Sunday, September 11th 2011 8:49 am

    @niced00d: It’s a false-positive. Some AV programs report so, if the exe is compressed using UPX. BTW I wrote the program.

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