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How to Reinstate Windows Mail in Windows 7
Published by endeavor
17 Mar 2009
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How to Reinstate Windows Mail in Windows 7

warning   Warning
Microsoft no longer supports WinMail. It's recommended you use what is supported by Microsoft, or another well known supported email client. This Tutorial is for Advanced users who importantly have the Technical Ability to make the changes, have backups of everything including your OS, and to be your own tech support for WinMail going forward. If you decide to complete this tutorial you accept the fact that you are using WinMail as-is. It might be necessary to uninstall other email clients to resolve any WinMail conflicts in some environments. Understand it's likely that new OS updates from Microsoft will break WinMail's operation, and to fix make it necessary to rerun the tutorial again to reinstate it. With those things in mind, this tutorial was written so that you can rerun it without affecting WinMail user data. Please see this Errata post before you install, to be aware of the current information about known issues using WinMail within Windows 7, these issues are programmatic and in most cases cannot be resolved by this tutorial, and will never be fixed.

Having said all of that disclaimer, if you have the technical ability, and can put up with the annoying minor by-product bugs, then like so many of us still enjoy using vista WinMail on Windows 7 ..ymmv!


Tip   Tip
As of 8/2017 the instructions given here supersede all other instructions given in forthcoming older posts. Realize some of the posts that follow are nearly 9 years old, and many of the link pointers within have become mis-linked over time, many of the files or information within them is outdated, incomplete, or superseded with more accurate information - and so be careful. However you can always be sure that the latest info from all research is incorporated into this tutorial post, and its downloads are the latest available. This post is continuously kept up-to-date, and so..

...Always refer to this Tutorial post for the very latest updated information

This is the 4th iteration of the Windows 7, WinMail tutorial.

Warning: The process of this tutorial Will Not work to reinstate WinMail on Windows 8/10 !
For Windows 8/10 users please refer over to the EightForums for that WinMail thread Here



Start here
  1. Download tutorial package TutReWinMail.zip
    download
  2. Extract the TutReWinMail.zip into your user Downloads folder
    • Note: Be sure once extracted this is the address of the ''TutReWinMail'' folder:
    • C:\Users\username\Downloads\TutReWinMail... ... (if it's not there please put it there)
  3. Navigate to your user Downloads\TutReWinMail folder to be sure the above is correct.
    • (..if you need more verbose install instructions to follow, download this WinMail Local Tutorial.zip)
    • Advanced Users can proceed below:
      (Internet surfers who use this tutorial and download its files, please consider to log-in to the SevenForums - it's free)
Advanced Users: ..use this easy excellent overview of the steps in the local tutorial:
  • Open an Administrator Command Prompt. (screenshot showing in Administrator mode)
  • copy/paste this line into the command prompt: cd %USERPROFILE%\Downloads\TutReWinMail\
  • Your command prompt must now be showing you are at That Same Folder Address ..which contains the tutorial files that the batch file in the next step executes programs and copies files specifically from that folder address - if it's not there the batch file will fail since it cannot find what it needs!
  • Next type in either winmail32 or win64mail <matching OS bit, to interactively process These Next Steps
  • If you've finished to the bottom as shown in last screenshot, restart your machine (sets registry)
  • Create a shortcut from WinMail.exe to your Desktop
  • Open WinMail - it may prompt you one (or both) of These Two Notices ..click yes, and okay.
  • They now should be already set, but you can manually check/set at any time These Default Settings
  • That's pretty much all there is to it, and from here you setup the rest of the Vista Windows Mail client (aka: WinMail) as normal within its various tab menus for Accounts, Options, Layout, etc, etc, to suit your individual needs.
information   Information
See How to open an elevated Administrator Command Prompt

Important: The exact text provided by the tutorial must be entered into the Administrator Command Prompt.
Hint: to avoid typos, copy/paste the entire line containing the command into the Command Prompt window.

Also see: How to Enable Copy to Clipboard from the Windows 7 Command Prompt

Every effort has been made to make this a step-by-step process, however, it is beyond the scope of a single tutorial to provide information on every command or concept. Search the Main Tutorial Section if you need greater detail on a concept or command presented in this tutorial.


Good luck, thank you, and long live WinMail


Note   Note
Made possible by members:
Mark (aka Mr GRiM) - provided the original tutorial
Poppa Bear - updated Mark's work; and provided the previous tutorial
endeavor - provided continuous feedback, changes, invaluable testing instrumental to tutorial operations
EKManitis - provided the batch files that make life easier
Slartybart - updated, tested, and consolidated all of the above into the 3rd version
endeavor - reviewed, updated, tested, and incorporated all of the above into this 4th version
...and also a special thanks to All the other members who presented discovery for this project

17 Mar 2009   #1
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you I could not live without my Windows Mail.


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20 Mar 2009   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The method I used here was a bit more complicated. Glad to see that simplified considerably as well as seeing the TakeOwnership available there since that is also good for both XP and Vista as well as 7.
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10 Apr 2009   #3
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Thanks a lot for the Take Ownership script. I don't use Windows Mail as I've got Outlook in Microsoft Office -- but your tutorial should be great for people without an email client.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Apr 2009   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The TakeOwnership sounds all too familiar for some reason. Add "Take Ownership" to Explorer Right-Click Menu in Vista :: the How-To Geek That also works in XP as well as Vista and 7!

Getting the WM going however is a great thing for many. Until lately when swapping ISPs OE on XP or WM on Vista and 7 plus Incredimail a 3rd party like Mozilla's Thunderbird would be your options for seeing the main come in off of the server.

The flaw seen with the Incredimail is automatically deleting mail on the server when downloading and no option to see mail left there as seen with OE, WM! Thunderbird while certainly being a far better option won't be needed with this!
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29 Apr 2009   #5
BillDoE

Win7 7100 x86
 
 

Your tutorial worked great for me. I still have one problem with Windows Mail though. I cannot make it the Default Mail Program. Clicking on links still opens Outlook. Even if if I open Windows Mail and change the setting in Tools > Options > General Clicking the button won't change the default settings.
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29 Apr 2009   #6
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Have a look at this thread to see if you find the answer. Can't Make Windows Mail Default

Or this thread. https://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ult-fixed.html
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29 Apr 2009   #7
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The copy over from the Vista installation here worked great for the 32bit 7 when tried before you wrote this one Mr GRIM! With the 64bit 7 now running I now have to grab the x64 zip here to give it a whirl while the ISP however may present another problem unless importing the mail from Lve Hotmail.
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19 May 2009   #8
latet

XP
 
 

Hi,

Thank you guys, it's cool to have Windows Mail in Win7.
But there is one problem: if I change the location of the storage folder (because I don't like keeping this huge 18 GB/ 200 000 files monster on the C:\ drive) - Windows Mail won't open any more (error message saying something about problems with some .dll). When I manually deleted the new storage folder, Window Mail went back to life (surprisingly - all the mail was still there, meaning that it was never "moved" it was copied - strange).

Thank you,

latet
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23 May 2009   #9
latet

XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by latet View Post
Hi,

Thank you guys, it's cool to have Windows Mail in Win7.
But there is one problem: if I change the location of the storage folder (because I don't like keeping this huge 18 GB/ 200 000 files monster on the C:\ drive) - Windows Mail won't open any more (error message saying something about problems with some .dll). When I manually deleted the new storage folder, Window Mail went back to life (surprisingly - all the mail was still there, meaning that it was never "moved" it was copied - strange).
Thank you,
latet
And another problem - the native antyspam filter won't work at all.

latet
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