Bring back Windows Mail from Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Richard Urban, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Consider it DONE!

    If you rename the Windows Mail folder In C:\Program Files\Windows Mail, say
    by placing an ! after the folder name, you can import Windows Mail from the
    same location in Vista. Copy the folder to C:\Program Files, and create a
    shortcut on the desktop. You can then drag it to the System Taskbar.

    If, like me, you have used an alternate mail store in Vista (on another
    partition/drive) you can again use the same Mail Store within Windows 7. You
    won't lose anything!

    I have done this and Windows Mail works fine.
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 20, 2009
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  2. Windows Mail, in Windows 7 Beta?
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 20, 2009
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  3. Wow, Richard Urban's fix works!
    Now I have my favorite newsgroup client in Win7.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Jan 21, 2009
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  4. Glad you like the fix! (-:

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    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 21, 2009
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  5. You betcha!

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    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 21, 2009
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  6. BTW; using mostly the same technique I am using Windows Calendar and Movie
    Maker from Vista within Window 7.

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    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 21, 2009
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  7. People are running away from Windows Live Mail like rats abandoning a
    sinking ship.

    Not that anyone here is a rat...
     
    D. Spencer Hines, Jan 21, 2009
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  8. Thanks. I was wondering, seeing as you posted in WLMail newsgroup, Richard.

    /Verrry/ interesting, to say the least!
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 21, 2009
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  9. The only problem is that I can find no way to set Windows Mail as my default
    Email and Newsgroup client. Have YOU got any ideas?

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    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 21, 2009
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  10. Richard Urban

    Tom Koch Guest


    I don't have Win7, so you'll have to test this yourself.

    Press Windows-key and R to open a Run dialogue.
    Type this command line, with quotes probably:
    "C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail /reg"

    The /reg switch makes WinMail write the registry keys needed to set it as
    default client. After running that command, see if WinMail appears in the
    list of possible default clients.
     
    Tom Koch, Jan 21, 2009
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  11. Thanks Tom. I will try it shortly.

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    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
     
    Richard Urban, Jan 21, 2009
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  12. Got an error saying path not found. So I took the /reg switch outside of
    the quote marks, and it ran without errors. However, WinMail still doesn't
    appear under Default Programs.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Jan 21, 2009
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  13. Is that the W7 analogy to XP's Set Program Access and Defaults tool?
    And if so, you would be saying WinMail is not listed by it under any of its categories?

    FWIW I had a related issue with OE (on XPsp3) after I ill-advisedly tried
    using msimn.exe /unreg (to test WLMail without any OE effects).
    Surprisingly, OE completely disappeared from that tool's listing
    even though I could still use it quite normally.
    IIRC the only manual action I had to take was using OE's
    Make Default buttons at the bottom of its Options, General tab.
    WinMail probably has the same facility, so I would try that too.
    But AFAIK that would be just an easier to use procedure for
    getting the same effect as Run... winmail.exe /reg
    that Tom suggested.

    BTW the SPA&D options eventually showed up again
    but I don't really know when or why.
    I suspect it could have been after going back
    to XPsp2 and then reinstalling XPsp3.

    Also, unfortunately I can't remember checking if OE was listed
    under the IE Options, Programs tab Internet programs categories.
    But if you have that option dialog on W7 I would check it as well.


    Good luck

    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Jan 22, 2009
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  14. NB: If you renamed %system%\Program Files\Windows Mail <=this folder to,
    e.g., Windows Mail! (per your first post), you'll need to do so in that
    command.
     
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Jan 23, 2009
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