I'm a newbie, just joined and not quite sure where to start a post.
I have a triple boot system, XP/Vista/Win 7. I loaded Win 7 as a clean install over Vista back in early May. Then I found I couldn't restore my Vista backups stored on another partition.
So I formatted the win 7 partition and did a new load of Vista. Took a while to get back up to date but then I thought, why not do a Win 7 upgrade over Vista?
Worked like a charm! All my folders and files were where they should be. Except, of course, Windows Mail.
Wasn't too bothered as I had backed up my winmail folder on another drive and I also had Winmail on a USB dongle which has its own Winmail copy and can synchronise the files when you plug it in.
I noticed that the Windows Mail program was there as were the storage folders but, Win 7 had disabled the exe program and removed the desktop icon.
I fixed that by loading Vista again on a spare backup drive and copying over the exe program, thus getting winmail running.
All my email message histories going back seven years were in the Windows mail folders but were not showing on the desktop. If I triggered an import they would arrive as folders but would be empty of messages.If I look in a storage location the folders are full of messages!
I now have three Windows mail programs. One in Vista, one in Win 7 and one on the dongle but, whichever I run and restore I get empty folders. I also have backups of those folders but they have the same problem.
I have installed Thunderbird in anticipation of Windows mail shortly becoming redundant but until I can get the folder contents into Windows Mail to transfer to Outlook, I have no change of importing them into Thunderbird.
The empty folders when they arrive, are fully functioning and I can store newly received messages with no problem.
Been like this for a month now. I have reached the end of my expertise as I don't know the relationship between the Windows Mail files, nor have I seen an explanation of this problem on the net, never mind a solution.
Hope this is of interest to someone.
Apart from this, I am very happy with the Win 7 RC, at least until next June.