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Windows 7: Set Winmail.exe as default in Win 7

21 Feb 2011   #1
Big Robbo

Windows 7 Professional x64
Set Winmail.exe as default in Win 7

Lets get the basics out the way...
- I am using Windows 7 Professional on an HP Envy laptop
- I hate windows live mail!!!
- I do have Office 2010 installed and only use the contacts and calendar programs
- I do not use Outlook
- I have copied Vistas Winmail.exe program to Win 7 and reinstalled all my mail and settings from before with no problem. It works and I am reasonably happy.

However, I cannot set it to default for .eml or mailto: links. I have been to the Control Panel and Default Programs and:

- looked in "Set your default programs" and Windows Mail is not an option. It does not appear there at all
- been to "Set program access and computer defaults" and set it as default under Custom
- I tried going to the "Associate a file type or protocol with a program", found the .eml and mailto links and tried to change the program associated to Winmail.exe by browsing to the file and selecting it. But the file is grayed out and cannot be accepted as a change.

The WinMail.exe file is also grayed out when you browse to it in Explorer, as it is a hidden file.

Is there any way to set defaults for .eml or mailto: links to Windows Mail?

Can anyone help?


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23 Feb 2011   #2
Big Robbo

Windows 7 Professional x64

Is there no one who can help with this? There must be a way to set winmail.exe as the default for .eml and mailto: links. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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24 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

I believe the tutorial needs to be followed exactly: Windows Mail
There may still be problems with SP1 (discussed near the end of the tutorial).
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14 Oct 2011   #4
Mr. Stubbs

windows 7 home premium 64bit
sp1 problems

I just got winmail.exe to work in my win 7 64 bit maching and then updated my computer with sp1 and now winmail will come up and ask for my password. it then downloads my email and disappears. Can't find it. and the sp1 did not successfully download if that makes any difference.
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 Set Winmail.exe as default in Win 7

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