Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

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  1. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
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    Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7


    Some people Running the Windows 7 Pre Beta 6801 have been asking about Windows Mail in Windows seven and where they can find it.

    The strange thing is it is there but it's hidden and doesn't do anything when you click on it, although you will see it in task manager, so if you do want Windows Mail this is what you have to do.

    First go to folder options and deselect hide protected operating system files and do not show hidden files, you will now be able to see the Windows Mail executable file which was previously hidden.

    Next go to your programs folder and Windows Mail folder and take Ownership of all the files in there, you will need to do this one file at a time and Don't Forget to Give Yourself FULL CONTROL of each file.

    Just in case there is another fix for this in the Future you may want to make a copy of this folder and keep it somewhere

    Once you have taken ownership and given yourself full control copy all your files from Vista's Windows Mail folder and paste and replace ALL of the files in Windows 7 Mail folder.

    That's it and DON'T try to click on the Original Hidden WinMail.exe file, if you do you will not be able to replace it, as it will run and you wont see anything but you will still need to kill the process in task manager.

    Good Luck and don't forget do give me some Rep, Thanks!!
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    Last edited by Mark; 16 Nov 2008 at 21:59.
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  2. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
    Thread Starter
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    Also I forgot mention that that to use the program, Right click on the WinMail.exe file and send a shortcut to the desktop then rename it to Windows Mail.

    Then go to you start button and right click on the startup folder and select properties then location and click on find target and move your short cut to that folder and then click on pin to start menu.
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  3. Posts : 307
    XP Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 & 32 Build 7022
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    I installed windows live instead but I will try this.
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  4. Posts : 354
    Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
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    djhallucn8 said:
    I installed windows live instead but I will try this.
    Same here, better than express
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  5. Posts : 3
    Vista 64 bit
       #5

    Thank you. I'm gonna rob my Vista files at another location and try this.
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  6. Posts : 1,402
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #6

    Thanks Mr Grim that will definitely help me.
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  7. Posts : 576
    Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
       #7

    Thanks Mr Grim. This was a good find.
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  8. Posts : 307
    XP Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 & 32 Build 7022
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    For some reason I can't get it to work but will continue using Windows Live Mail for now.
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  9. Posts : 1,633
    Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
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    I dislike Windows Live Mail and I don't quite understand your instructions.

    Once you have taken ownership copy all your files from Vista's Windows Mail folder and paste and replace ALL of the files in Windows 7 Mail folder.
    I've done everything as above...I have not tried to open Windows Mail, I've made my user name owner of the entire folder and contents yet when I try to copy the contents of my Windows Mail folder from Vista to W7 I still get "you need admin permission" etc. etc. I am an admin level user.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 16 Nov 2008 at 14:55.
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  10. Posts : 1,633
    Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
       #10

    OK - did it but had to go a little deeper into the permissions thing. Trial and error really but now it works. I really only need Windows Mail for the newsgroups aspect.
    Now to see about getting it to appear in Start/All Programs.

    Thanks.
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