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17 Sep 2016   #1730

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit
Is there a free way to remove duplicates?

This has been a fantastic forum for me ever since going to Windows 7, which was just about as soon as it came out, as I recall. I have followed the instructions and installed Windows Mail on at least 5 computers over the years and some multiple times as when I have had to replace or reformat a drive. I can't thank you guys enough for helping me to keep my windows mail. Also, I hate windows 8 and 10 with a passion and will stretch out 7 as long as I can.

Now having said that, please forgive me if I am posting the wrong kind of question here but it does have to do with Windows Mail. My question is simply, is there a free way to remove duplicates? I have years of mail and with switching computers and reinstalling etc, I have a ton of duplicates and on more than one computer. I have Googled for years and fallen for the old "download free" scam many times where they don't tell you that you really have to pay. My latest experience last night was almost breaking down and paying $24.94 CDN for a program but the trial that would only remove 10 at a time, didn't even work. They would have let me pay the 25 bucks by pushing the "Buy Now" button without telling me. When I removed the program they sent me an email to which I replied that it doesn't even work. They actually replied back to me that the program they are selling is no longer supported. I hate to pay for any software and you can see why.

Anyway sorry to be so long-winded but if anyone knows of a truly "free" program that will remove Windows Mail dupes, or a workaround I can do myself, it would be greatly appreciated. And once again thanks for this great forum.

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17 Sep 2016   #1731

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Hello kewl1,
I do them manually, not trusting any kind of "cleaner" and/or "optimizer". They are all basically registry cleaners and as such will eventual;ly clean vital files and render your system unstable at best, unusable at worst.
Sorry for the gloom.
Maybe others can recommend stuff, but I've always done the weeding the hard way.
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17 Sep 2016   #1732

Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)

Hi kewl1,

I totally agree with Peter, yes definitely do them manually for a number of other reasons not mentioned too.

You don't have to delete them manually all at once. For instance I suggest you can do 25 - 50 a day, that way it spreads it out and keeps you sharp and open for learning not getting burnt out.
As you go down the list, taking note of the Subject title of the post but most importantly take close note of the Received column and it's TimeStamp - it's the identical duplicate ones that you'll focus on deleting the extras - HOWEVER! ..some methods of importing messages also change timestamps, and if that's the case for you, then you can't go by that, and it makes it all the harder.
You also don't want WinMail to start doing its recovery of corrupted emails cause then it complicates all the more.
This is why going forward, never import or manually copy actual folders twice onto itself.
There is a proper method to the madness of how to transfer message stores in each individual situation wanted, but each method applies to specific circumstances. I am not sure of what your past need and transfer situation was, but all of which is kindof OT to this thread really..
Like you I have a dozen years of mail that I bring with me when switching Windows 7 computers, even switching to Windows 8 and Windows 10 bringing everything WinMail related with me in the exact same pattern it was from where it came from.

fwiw, windows 8 and Windows 10 really aren't so bad when you get used to them. I have and use them, and each have their advantages; having said that you'll mostly find me posting from Windows 7 though just like I am now
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17 Sep 2016   #1733

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Same here on doing manual.
I like Windows 10 now after about year of use. Only issue I have is every month that MS updates, especially the Malicious Software Removal...... Windows Mail gets broke thus have to redo it so have learned to back-up Message Store before installing new updates, only took one month to figure I better do this.
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17 Sep 2016   #1734

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

I deal with duplicates by avoiding them entirely. I use a sync program for backup, never anything called "backup" as that's a sure way to create duplicates. (I know some people want versioning, I don't.) I have all of the files, including all the email I deemed worth saving, for the past 15 years, without having to ever deal with duplicates. When it comes to syncing email, just include the relevant parts of the "mail store" which you can find from most Microsoft email programs under Options>Advanced>Maintenance. Then import into your current program using its "Import" feature. As long as you're using Outlook Express, Windows Mail, then Windows Live Mail, in that order, you never need to use the export feature on an email program, just "Import" from the backed up mail store files.
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18 Sep 2016   #1735

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit
Is there a free way to remove duplicates?

Thank you all for the great advice. I will finally concede and do it manually. I'm sure that by going through all the duplicates and triplicates I am also going to find many single ones that I can delete. And as suggested, I don't need to try to do them all at once. Mine, by the way, do seem to all have the same time stamp which helps.
Best regards,
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