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Windows 7: Is Windows Live Mail as much of a PIA as I've been reading?

24 Apr 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Is Windows Live Mail as much of a PIA as I've been reading?

I didn't really want to go with Live but can't seem to accomplish the tutorial 'Enable WindowsMail in Windows 7' and am getting desperate for an email program. I did post to the tutorial discussion but haven't seen any reply.

I tried Thunderbird, didn't care for it, & now using Eudora 7 but don't really care for it either. I'm looking for something as close as possible to Outlook Express.

Thank you,
grits

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24 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I use WLM and have no problem with it.

You can also use most other e-mail accounts with it too.

Windows Live Mail - Set up Hotmail, Yahoo!, GMail, AOL e-mail

To be honest, you're always likely to get a better response with your own thread rather than add to the tutorial discussion, although that's not to say you shouldn't.
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24 Apr 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks. I understand the reasoning about better response to my own thread but where my question was concerning the tutorial, where would I start my own?

Are you using the newest LiveMail or an older one? I've read several times that people are having better luck with 2009 rather than 2011.
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24 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm using Windows Live Esentials 2011 and like I said, I've had no problems with it.

For advice on starting a new thread, see here: http://www.sevenforums.com/faq.php

As for which forum, you've chosen the right one in Browsers & Mail.
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24 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Windows Live Mail isn't that bad (it's the only decent email client out there):Windows Live Essentials: Other Programs
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08 May 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If I do end up having to settle for LiveMail do I have to take 'all' the Live stuff or is there just an email part?
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08 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grits View Post
If I do end up having to settle for LiveMail do I have to take 'all' the Live stuff or is there just an email part?
You can choose exactly which parts you want by unchecking the applications you don't want during the installation procedure.
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08 May 2012   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi grits,

WLM is an excellent program if used correctly. This is how I manage mine.
I have a Hotmail account, it stores all my contacts, I also keep a copy in .csv format. It is ONLY used to sign-in to Window Live Mail. Once the folders for it have been added, it gives me Safe/Blocked senders filtering. I then add my Gmail account & delete the Hotmail account. Everything still works as previously stated.
My Gmail account is set to archive messages once they are accessed using POP3, so I NEVER lose any messages unless I delete them.
If my current Hotmail account gets hacked, all I need to do is open a new account, import my contacts and be back to normal in minutes.
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08 May 2012   #9

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grits View Post
Is Windows Live Mail as much of a PIA as I've been reading?
Yes it is. To those of us who grew up with Outlook Express and Windows Mail it's a big dissapiontment. Buggy as hell. But also, to most of us, it's the best currently available.
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08 May 2012   #10

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

Grits,

WL Mail is fine. I'm just an old geek trying to figure things out. I don't like the fact that WL talks to servers as regularly as it does (twice a day), but I think this is just a hang-over from their transition date - at least I hope it is. The only other thing I would guess is that MS is moving to the cloud computing model and that means clients have to check in with servers. As I said, I'm an old geek - been there done that.... centralized computing, decentralized computing, time-sharing..... same thing different name

You'll have to play around a little to find where they stuffed options, configuration and what-not. That's the price we pay for progress. It's a fair price, methinks.

The GUID folders created in AppData\Local cause no problems - they just bug me. They belong in either the app's folder or in a temp folder. But they pose no threat and they don't consume resources - well a little - they do exist, but they're empty.

So, go ahead - bite the bullet and go with Live Mail. It does have some neat features, and it has that damn ribbon that I really don't like. But then so do many other "modern" applications. I did pretty much the same as you. Didn't like it, re-instated WinMail, and then reinstalled Live Mail.

Dag nab it - that's progress for ya.

Peace!
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