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29 Sep 2017   #1780

Windows 7 Home Premium 64


This is just an amateur opinion. I'm by no means an expert on this.

I have been away from this for a long time, but still enjoying Windows Mail on 7.

It looks to me that something is wrong with the TutReWinMail folder in your Downloads.
It shows it as a "Compressed Zip folder" . Should be "File folder".
Looks to me that it's zipped.

I suggest right clicking the original downloaded zipped folder, (in Downloads) and Extract All.
Making sure it extracts to the same folder that you are in (Downloads)
You should then see TutReWinMail File folder.

You may have to delete the existing TutReWinMail Compressed Zip folder or rename it.

And run the batch file again.

Again, This is just an amateur opinion. I'm by no means an expert on this.


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29 Sep 2017   #1781

Windows 7 64 bit

I had it running once but gave it up because there are no security updates to it...
Go with Thunderbird, you'll bet better off and safer too.
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29 Sep 2017   #1782

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 4winners View Post
I've followed the instructions on reinstating Windows Mail in Windows 7 numerous times but I'm unable to get past the command prompt "system cannot find the path specified". The file is where it's supposed to be so not sure what the problem is - am I forgetting something?
First of all 4winners, welcome to the SevenForums !

I see what the problem is and your mouse actually has it highlighted in your screenshot, which is that ''TutReWinMail'' still shows as a zip file. And so the answer is you never extracted it yet, for the command line process to be able to access the folders contents to do its work - Donz is absolutely right

As for what Banyarola said, well, they don't use WinMail anymore so consider the source; however their point is well taken and is an understood known factor for us long time WinMail users, who understand all the subtleties of using it as is..

Anyway, the procedure is foolproof I thought, and as the instructions say in step 2
"Extract the into your user Downloads folder"
If you did that (which it seems you didn't) then the rest would be a success to move forward.
Remember this procedure is more for advanced users with moderate computer experience, who understand what's said in the disclaimer/warning article on page 1, and have the technical ability to move forward.

Thank you

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01 Oct 2017   #1783

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
RE: Administrator command prompt can't find path

Yes that was it - Thanks endeavour and Donz. Appreciate your input.

I have all my winmail files backed up from a 32bit vista going into a 64bit W7 and I am now learning that may be problematic - so I haven't continued past the command prompt yet. Anyone know if that will in fact be an issue and if so is there a work around?
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01 Oct 2017   #1784

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

You need to be much more specific with your general questions about what's problematic and asking for what workarounds please; we can't know what you are thinking. Remember WinMail is not supported and so you need to be your own research tech for it. Please make sure first you have read and understand all the things listed in the Errata (buglist) link given at the beginning of the Page 1 tutorial, which gives the answer about what are the problematic differences of using WinMail on Win7 x86 / x64

Otherwise as far as the initial setup of WinMail whether x86 or x64, everything necessary is all taken care of automatically by the tutorial process for each command prompt entry, either winmail32 or win64mail. That's the very easy part of reinstating Vista WinMail on Windows 7 to get it up and running first.
Then the hardest part (of any email client) is setting up all the Options and Accounts, which I don't cover in this thread, but it's the same as when You first setup WinMail in Vista yourself. You can also import your Vista account settings forward if appropriate, and also import previous WinMail messages; all of that is covered on many places all over the web and even in our sister Vista Forums. Also on the bottom of the Page 1 tutorial even gives you a related tutorial link for that: How to Backup and Restore Messages in Windows Mail

Besides that, I would also consider (along with whatever else you saved) is to preserve your original message store and accounts folder on your Vista setup, and zip it, so that no matter what you may do wrong or right, that zip file preserves the original store up to the day you saved it; only use its extracted folder to play with - what I'm talking about is zipping the folder:
C:\Users\...yourcomputername...\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
..and saving it aside. Also going forward after it's all setup on Win7, is to occasionally save (zip/rar) that same folder every so often keeping it dated. I can't tell you how many times this can come in handy and save the day. You can never have enough backups, and best yet is a partition backup.

good luck 4winners

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03 Oct 2017   #1785

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / Windows 10 Home x64

Or you know...install WLE 2012. I dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10 and all I did was install the last version of WLE and WLM works like a charm no hacking needed.
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25 Jan 2018   #1786

windows 10

Hi all, I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I'm having with this.

A few months ago I followed all the steps with TutReWinMail and it worked perfectly, I'd been using Windows Mail on Windows 10 without any issues until today. I have had multiple reminders popping up saying a new Windows 10 update was ready be installed with new features.

I kept ignoring these reminders and put it off for a couple of weeks but had one reminder too many today and went ahead with the update to make them stop. Once the update had finished I noticed straight away that Windows Mail had vanished and so had to go through the whole process of adding it again and following this method again to get it to work.

It's now installed and I've followed all the steps again but it just will not work. When I click the WinMail shortcut nothing appears to happen, it doesn't open but my laptop slowed down really badly and became almost unusable. I opened Task Manager to find that Windows Mail was listed over 100 times as a background app and was still increasing in number so had to shut down and restart the machine.

I've tried to open it a couple of times and it always does the same. I'll be lost without Windows Mail and hate the Windows 10 Mail app.

Does anyone have any ideas on why it would do this and how I can get it to work again?

Many thanks!
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26 Jan 2018   #1787

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

Hello az87aris and welcome to the SevenForums,

Since the Windows 7 tutorial will not work to reinstate WinMail in Windows 8/10, I think you mistakenly posted in the wrong forum but no problem though.
The answers to your questions have been explained over in the Eight Forums WinMail thread which addresses each one! of your specific questions. (Basically because of your new update, you just need to re-run the WinMail post# 1 & 2 tutorial over again, to get it working)

If you have any further questions please finish asking your questions there since this forum is only for Windows 7 WinMail users.

Thank you


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10 Mar 2018   #1788

Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

We have Windows Mail on a Win 7 x64 Pro system. Have had this for about 10 years, works fine, wouldn't be without it. Installed via the instructions here. Thanks for the instructions.

Recently decided to change system's HD for one of larger capacity. Backed up system with Macrium Reflect. Used cloning software from Apricon. Swapped HDs. Programs that I tested seemed to work, except Win Mail. Received messages as noted below regarding WindowsMail.MSMessageStore ...

First message: Windows Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail message store. Windows Mail was unable to locate its message database. If you've moved the database files to a new location, click OK to reset the database path to that location. Otherwise, click Cancel to proceed, any existing messages found will be available under Orphaned Accounts. (0x00000000)
Click ok then get....

Second Message:
Windows Mail could not be started. The application was unable to open the Windows Mail Message store. Your computer may be out of memory or your disk is full. (0x800700002) Click ok program closes.

I know where the messagestore is supposed to be. I copied the bu to the 'regular' location. No help.

Copied all the Win Mail files from the Macrium Reflect copy to the new HD. No help. It appears that Win Mail deletes what ever I do as it tries to open the program.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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10 Mar 2018   #1789

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

Hello whosit42, and welcome to the Seven Forums.

I did not get notified via alerts (odd) or see this message till I randomly stopped by before the end of the day here.
I don't have time left to address your issues this moment, but just to say by coincidence over in the Eight Forums someone posted a similar message the other day on their Windows 10 WinMail reinstatement.
Now Don't run any tutorial functions over there for Windows 7 here, it's not the same, but in the meantime just read and think about it, since when it comes to your specific issue - it involves all OS's and the resolve itself will most likely be the same.
It has something to do with your pointers where you had your last message store location Or where possibly you previously imported from, that it left that address set improperly. Hopefully you have proper message store backups, and you will be able to set it straight. It has to be something simple ..well we hope anyway.

Anyway, I'll check back in the morning but in the meantime read their posts and think about it all and what could possibly relate to you.

Everything should be self-explanatory, and so if you have any questions please ask.

Let us know how you make out.

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