Ditching Outlook Express

Administrators may have noticed by now that whenever a new user account is created, Outlook Express is added to the desktop, Start menu and Quick launch toolbar. In some cases, you may not want Outlook Express to be accessible.

Here is a registry hack that will prevent Outlook Express from installing itself on any user account that is created in Windows 2000. It takes care of the desktop icon, Quick Launch icon, and the Start menu entry.

Delete the following key from the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftActive SetupInstalled Components{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}

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This was first published in April 2001

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