Quote: Originally Posted by Grammaxsix
Good Morning All,
I have read so much on this subject and am so confused, as you can tell by my user name, I am no young duck and get confused very easily when it comes to the computer world.
Right now I have a HP Compac Laptop that is running Windows Vista but am (very soon) going to upgrade only because I need a faster one butttt I am petrified that I will lose my Windows Mail program that I currently use in Vista. I went as far as to call some computer places to see if I can get one that has Windows Vista with no luck. So here I am, I have read all of the instructions, all the corrections and am now totally convinced, I am computer illiterate. Is there somewhere I can go to get all the "current" instructions (with all the fixes) already included?
At this point I do not have my new laptop with Windows 7 (not sure now if I want to) but is there something I can do prior to the upgrade to prepare myself to make the revert back to Windows Mail from Windows Live Mail alot less confusing for this old girl?
Once I purchase, might even be tomorrow or the next day, I will need all current instructions in one place or I am doomed.
Thanking you in advance for any help you good people can provide.. (pretty please)
If you eventually choose to have a computer with Windows 7 as an operating system, and want Windows Mail to function in this system, I would suggest doing the following steps before trying to activate Windows Mail
1. Assuming Windows 7 is pre-installed and up and running, install all your desired third party programs such as Nero, Zone Alarm, Skype, etec, etec.
2. Now Open: Start Menu --> All Programs --> Windows Update --> Check for updates.
3. Once all updates are installed, re-run Windows Update again, as it often picks up more updates on a 2nd run. You should now have Service Pack 1 installed, which will include critical update KB978542.
4. Now follow the steps exactly as shown on Page 1 of this Tutorial.
As a test run, I did fresh installations of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 and 32bit, and executed the above steps in the order shown, and Windows Mail ran fine.
Unfortunately there is always the possibility that at some future point Service Pack 2 or some other update will be released which could cause problems for Windows Mail. For this reason my personal preference in the end was to go with Windows Live Mail
, which is a known compatible mail server program. I don't consider it as a good a program as Windows Mail, but runs a fairly close second.
Hope this helps.