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Windows 7: Can't Make Windows Mail Default

17 Jan 2009   #1

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 
Can't Make Windows Mail Default

I have managed to activate Windows Mail in Windows 7 but can't seem to make it the default mail/news application.

Perhaps Windows 7 needs alternate programs before it allows the default to be set?

I really wish Microsoft hadn't decided to ditch it as I can't stand Windows Live Mail - it's a nightmare when you have 9 email accounts like I do. Also it is great for their newsgroups.

Any comments?

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17 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Hello Ex_brit...

what is your current default mail client set to right now?

i'm sure we can do some tweaking...
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17 Jan 2009   #3

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

I have no idea because it isn't even listed in "Default Programs". I don't have any other email client installed right now.

I was about to try my Incredimail Premium as it worked fine in the pre-beta versions.
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17 Jan 2009   #4

windows vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
I have managed to activate Windows Mail in Windows 7 but can't seem to make it the default mail/news application.

Perhaps Windows 7 needs alternate programs before it allows the default to be set?

I really wish Microsoft hadn't decided to ditch it as I can't stand Windows Live Mail - it's a nightmare when you have 9 email accounts like I do. Also it is great for their newsgroups.

Any comments?
so enlighten us...how did you install it??
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17 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Yes, it works fine here too, that's what I've used so far in all 7 builds.

So you could try:

1. Install Incredimail or Windows Live so that it's set as default mail client, then go to Windows Mail and select from it's options that this is the default.

or

2. create an .eml file , right click - open with, select Windows mail and set it to be the default program for opening .eml files...

Please post back the result , i'm really curious and I dont have windows mail installed to test..
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17 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

What version of Windows 7 are you using Peter, is it 32bit or 64bit, I am asking because I cant seem to get Mail to work at all in this build and the old tricks aren't working.
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17 Jan 2009   #7

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

OK, I've installed Incredimail Premium and it works fine and is the default client. Windows Mail now allows itself to be set as the default email client if I wish.

It is still not the default news client...probably because it is the only news client installed...same reason as WM wouldn't set itself as the default mail client until I installed another program.

.eml files open with Incredimail OK but if I try to make it open with Windows Mail for some reason Adobe Reader tries to open it....weird to say the least.

Addendum: 32-bit.
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17 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fgdn17 View Post
so enlighten us...how did you install it??
See: http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d....html#post2017
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17 Jan 2009   #9

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
OK, I've installed Incredimail Premium and it works fine and is the default client. Windows Mail now allows itself to be set as the default email client if I wish.

It is still not the default news client...probably because it is the only news client installed...same reason as WM wouldn't set itself as the default mail client until I installed another program.

.eml files open with Incredimail OK but if I try to make it open with Windows Mail for some reason Adobe Reader tries to open it....weird to say the least.

Addendum: 32-bit.
This is the same problem I've had with all the 7 builds, 32 or 64 bit. Windows Mail is not listed anywhere as a possibility. I dislike Live mail and would love to continue using WM, but as it is you need to have another email client in order to open .eml files that are not in the WM folders or to open a send email button on a web page. You can click on the 'Make WM the default' button all you want. It won't change anything.

Please MS, give us Windows Mail back.

Gary
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17 Jan 2009   #10

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

Maybe if enough people keep asking, then they might include a mail program into the final release.
Although this could be that the antitrust laws have been tightened, the EU is always threatening $MS about included programs being anti compatitive.
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