Quote: Originally Posted by sargan
...I used Winmail with Vista, had the message about no email client installed with Windows 7
What is best advice here, need to recover all my filed mails.
A quick Google shows that Winmail is but hidden, do I mess about and try & enable this? Or is there a better approach.?
Microsoft does not support Windows Mail on Windows 7, so look at this tutorial if you want to see what's involved and the problems that may occurr if it's "reinstated" on Windows 7: Windows Mail
If you want to stick with the Microsoft way, the equivalent free email for Windows 7 is "Windows Live Mail" which can be selected from among the Suite of free Microsoft Programs called "Windows Live Essentials": Download: Windows Live Essentials - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
The default web installer will let you select the programs you want. I'd choose only "Mail" to start since you can always go back to the small installer file to add another program later. (WLM may have some quirks or bugs still, so it may help to go to the "Windows Live Essentials" entry under "Programs and Features" and do a pre-emptive "repair".)
The main mail window will have the option to "import" messages from the "Windows Mail" format you used in Vista. The Contacts window will provide the option to import contacts from "current Windows user" which refers to the <username>/Contacts folder in Windows Explorer. So even before you install a mail program you should put Vista's contacts there. However once they are imported into WLM contacts, you will no longer be using the Explorer "<username>/Contacts" folder.
Before actually importing anything, I'd play with WLM to become familiar with it. Start by adding your email accounts as you originally added them in Vista. Also, you must decide whether or not you want to use WLM when "signed-in" or "not signed-in", since the contacts list for each is separate and you can only view the list that corresponds to your status as "signed-in" or "not signed-in". The advantage to signing in is that your contacts will always be backed up to the "contacts.live.com" website under your LiveID. Another minor feature is the ability to optionally use "Photo Email" to send large numbers of pictures using SkyDrive to hold them instead of attaching them to the email itself.