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Thread: How to use Windows Mail in Windows 7

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    StrayCat is offline Senior Member
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    Cool How to use Windows Mail in Windows 7

    A lot of people would like to use Windows Mail again in Windows 7 because of its simplicity (and being only about 9MB).

    Now here's a simple way to do it:

    -first rename the Windows Mail folder in your Windows 7 program files to 'Windows Mail old'.
    -copy and put the Windows mail folder from your Vista OS in Windows 7
    -export the registry branches from your Vista:

    "mailto"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto]

    "eml"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\eml_auto_file]

    and
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Applications\Wi nMail.exe]
    (make sure the windows mail program path is correct)
    and import those in Windows 7.

    -rigthclick on Winmail.Exe and select pin to start menu and/or taskbar.
    -import your backed up iaf files into your accounts
    (don't forget to import your gmail and hotmail accounts...)

    Enjoy.



    Btw Unfortunately Window Mail won't show up in your default programs.

    To remove the" Windows Mail old" folder you have to take ownership of it.
    Last edited by StrayCat; 29th November 2009 at 14:45.

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    Cool beans

    How does windows live mail compare? I never really used Windows mail much but Live seems to be pretty good.

    Have a good one!

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    Nice and usefull tip for people who miss Windows Mail.
    Thank you StrayCat
    Last edited by leofelix; 30th November 2009 at 14:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cithel View Post
    Cool beans

    How does windows live mail compare? I never really used Windows mail much but Live seems to be pretty good.

    Have a good one!
    I found Windows mail okish, but not as easy to use as live mail and not as well designed either. I also found it hard to configure with Outlook, which you can do with Live mail. Mind you both are far better than Thunderbird which I have been disappointed with and stopped using.

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    I don't agree with this type of tweaks to introduce old unsupported software.

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    Does this work?

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    'Morning HappyAndyk,
    It works over here...like a charm.

    Last edited by StrayCat; 1st December 2009 at 08:43.

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    That is the important question if it works and as it seems to do so then everything else is irrelevant here as those who use Windows mail will find it a useful tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrayCat View Post
    'Morning HappyAndyk,
    It works over here...like a charm.


    I had no doubt it works, I'm aware of your abilities

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Payne View Post
    I don't agree with this type of tweaks to introduce old unsupported software.
    I agree with you... Windows Live Mail (Windows Live Essentials) is replacement of Windows Mail and available for all Windows (XP/Vista/7). But sometimes valuable apps are lost...and I feel Windows Movie Maker is of them. Windows Live Movie Maker is much focused on Web usage instead of video authoring.

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