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17 Mar 2009  

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
Windows Mail

How to Reinstate Windows Mail in Windows 7

Note   Note
!! Important !!
Please see the Errata post for up-to-date information about known issues.
These issues are programmatic and in most cases cannot be resolved by this tutorial.

endeavor keeps this list up-to-date as members report issues
- his testing, analysis, and support have been instrumental to the success users have following the tutorial.

warning   Warning
Windows Live Mail (WLM) replaced Windows Mail (WinMail) in Windows 7 and Microsoft no longer supports WinMail. Furthermore, Microsoft is abandoning the Windows Live (WL) brand entirely in Windows 8. See Windows Live is Dead

It is strongly recommended that you use what is supported by Microsoft or another vendor. There are many free eMail clients available. See the search results for email on c|net Try a few - they're free. Keep in mind that a lot of, but not all, free software is supported by advertising. Also be aware of the add-ons that might be included at install time; such as browser toolbars - just be mindful to clear that sort of Checkbox when you install any software (unless you really want it installed). Most of these add-ons are from reputable companies: Adobe, Google, AOL, Yahoo, etc. and you can usually uninstall them in Control Panel.

If you decide to complete this tutorial, you accept the fact that you are using WinMail as-is, with diminishing support ; even on this forum. Updates from Microsoft or utilities might invalidate WinMail entirely or make it necessary to run the tutorial again. The System File Checker (SFC) tool is a good example - it checks to see if system files are in the right place and are the correct version. SFC is recommended by other tutorials and by members in many posts on this forum, so there is a good chance that you will run it. SFC is an excellent tool to fix many problems in Windows, but it only knows about standard Windows - it doesn't know what users have done to their systems, nor should it. It is beyond the scope of this tutorial to hack Component Based Servicing to prevent SFC undoing the steps outlined in the tutorial, steps that essentially roll back the WinMail dynamic load libraries.

You have to decide if you want to be your own customer support for WinMail, especially as Microsoft moves forward with other eMail clients. Remember, there have been a number of iterations already, Outlook Express became Windows Mail which became Windows Live Mail which will become MailApp, and there will always be more in the future.

With those things in mind, this tutorial was written so that you can repeat it without affecting user data. Some customization might be lost, but data and core functionality should be retained.
Note   Note
Made possible by members:
Mark - provided the original tutorial
Poppa Bear - updated Mark's work; and provided the previous tutorial
endeavor - provided feedback and valuable testing for this version
EKManitis - provided the batch files that make life easier
roncerr - provided sanity by pointing to the work done by EKManitis
Slartybart - Reviewed, updated, tested and consolidated all of the above into this version
Tip   Tip
The instructions given here supersede all other instructions given in comments prior to Post#1230.
This is the 3rd iteration of the WinMail tutorial.

Start here
  1. Download tutorial package, Win74umsZip, to your user Downloads


  2. Extract TutReWinMail from Win74umsZip to your user Downloads
    • Navigate to your user Downloads
    • DblClick Win74umsZip
    • DragDrop TutReWinMail to your user Downloads

  3. Navigate to your user Downloads\TutReWinMail
    • Open the local tutorial in your browser
      DblClick ReWinMail_tutorial

  4. Complete the instructions in the local tutorial.

    Overview of the steps in the local tutorial:
    • Open an elevated Command Prompt
    • In the elevated Command Prompt, change directory to
      your user Downloads\TutReWinMail
    • Launch one batch file (64 -OR- 32) to automatically process the majority of the steps
    • Create a shortcut
    • Restart your machine
    • That's pretty much all there is to it
information   Information
Assumptions made by this tutorial

The tutorial uses the conventions YourNameHere and your user to convey locations specific to your machine.
For example:

C:\Users\YourNameHere\Downloads and your user Downloads
- both mean the Downloads folder associated with your login.

Folder and Directory mean the same thing

Object: a thing; file, folder, directory, etc
Navigate: go to the location specified
Elevated: Run as administrator... (Alternate MenuPick)

Command Prompt: non-grahical user interface, actions entered as text
The exact text provided by the tutorial must be entered.
Hint: to avoid typos, copy the entire line containing the
command and paste it in the Command Prompt window.
See How to Enable Copy to Clipboard from the Windows 7 Command Prompt

MenuPick: select item on menu
Start Menu: you know how to launch programs listed there
==> shorthand for sub-menus.
Alternate menu: presented when you Right Click an object

Mouse actions
Right Click: use the right mouse button to click
Click: single mouse click
DblClick: two rapid single clicks
Select: single click
Rls: Release ('let go' - also means version)
DragDrop (copy): Click and hold object, drag object, Rls to drop

Dialog options
TextBox: Fill in the box with supplied text
Checkbox: click to mark, click to clear
Radio button: Click to select

Every effort has been made to make this a step-by-step process, however, it is beyond the scope of a single tutorial to provide information on every command or concept. Search the tutorial section if you need greater detail on a concept or command presented in this tutorial.

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