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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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    Awesome!

    When I saw there was no Windows Mail in 7, I was very dissapointed. I know they say POP mail is a dying breed, but I know tons of people including my self who still use it. I noticed the hidden Windows Mail folder and tried to use it but nothing happened. Goofed around in the registry for awhile, removed read only, took ownership, but nothing worked. I finally just gave up. I never even thought of something as simple as copying the files from Vista. Props man, you made my day.

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    hey guys im trying to get the windows mail to work on win 7, however i cant seem to give FULL control or any permissions to any accounts. could you please help?

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    Great Hack! The question is: Is it going to work in thefinal retail version of Windows 7? Also, I did it successfully with my build 7100, but I did NOT take ownership one file at a time. I took ownership of the entire folder. It worked GREAT!!

    Uh-oh!! Not so fast. I find it won't open .eml attachments. Even after saving to a folder and creating the association. Clicking the file opens WinMail, but to a blank page. Still looking for a solution.

    Last edited by tangentjohn; 25 Oct 2009 at 09:09 AM. Reason: upon further examination
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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    Make sure windows mail is open to 'inbox', then drag & drop your .eml file in the top, click on the heading, and it should open right up. The only thing I haven't been able to figure out yet is how to get it to open when I click on a 'send email' link in a web page. It always tells me there is no default email handler. Already tried checking that off in the windows mail options thing, and even found a .reg file that's supposed to do that but doesn't. That's good enough for me though, I just copy & paste when I need to.

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    Someone sent me this solution. It worked perfectly.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\eml_auto_file\shell\open\command

    Double click on Default in right pane and change Value Data to exactly the following:

    "C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\winmail.exe" /eml:%1

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    Doesn't change anything for me, I copied/pasted it so its exactly as shown. I click on an email address , say in a craigslist post, and it's supposed to open the email program with that address in the heading, all it does is tell me "could not perform this operation because the default email client is not properly installed."

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    What does that same string read in VISTA ??

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    I tried your solution but getting message stating that Windows can't find mail store.

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    Re: Enabling Windows Mail in Windows 7

    I have a full permission copy of Windows Mail in both c:/program files and c:/ program file (x86) and it will not come up. It shows me an incon for a new mail message in the bottom right display icons and in the processes it shows a winmail.exe and a winmail.exe *32. It is not coming fully up. I am running a full registered copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Any Idea's? Windows 7 Windows Live Mail is not working with QuickBooks 10. So I am looking for an email program I am used to that will work.

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