This morning went much better, I ended up going to my classes today; Most of them are preparing us for our first set of exams for the semester. My appointment for that day that followed shortly after classes was another quick and easy fix. Apparently there was a disconnect between their OS and their browser when it came to choosing an email program. On Windows XPsp3 this error will occur and will cause the 'get mail' button on the browser to not open up -any- email program.
The solution is to right click on the start menu and choose properties, from there choose the menu format you want to edit(standard by default) and click customize. From there all you need to do is select the default mail program from the drop down menu.
**This needs to be done even if it has the proper client selected already**
From there you need to do the same thing with your web browser by selecting Tools>Options>Programs tab. There should be another drop down menu for email here that can be used to select the default email program. After this is done the button should act properly and will pull up the e-mail client as it is supposed to.
This info is thanks to: The Win Help Online Blog