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Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

  1. #1


    Don Cohen Guest

    Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    My XP Home desktop computer died, and was just replaced with a Vista 64-bit
    system. I was surprised to see Outlook Express replaced by "Windows Mail"
    but what can you do. I was able to import messages, address book, etc., and
    it's all set up fine.

    I also have a Laptop running XP Home, and used to periodically copy the dbx
    files from desktop to laptop so that I could have access to all my emails
    whether at home, or when traveling.

    I just realized that this is going to be a problem, with my Desktop running
    Vista and Windows Mail, and my Laptop running XP Home and Outlook Express.
    Obviously, the file structure for the emails is no longer compatible.

    So:

    1. Can I install Windows Mail on my XP Home Laptop? I really prefer
    Outlook Express, but I need the compatibility with my desktop even more.

    2. Any other suggestions on how to deal with this? Web-based email is not
    an option - I have thousands of emails intricately organized on my systems,
    and they are not housed on the web servers.

    Thanks for any information and ideas!

    --
    Don

    remove "lens cap" for email


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  2. #2


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    No, you can't install Windows Mail on XP.
    The best solution for you is to upgrade both email programs to
    Windows Live Mail, which installs on both Vista and XP.
    http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)


    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:%237LbziKMJHA.1308@xxxxxx

    > My XP Home desktop computer died, and was just replaced with a Vista 64-bit system. I was surprised to see Outlook Express
    > replaced by "Windows Mail" but what can you do. I was able to import messages, address book, etc., and it's all set up fine.
    >
    > I also have a Laptop running XP Home, and used to periodically copy the dbx files from desktop to laptop so that I could have
    > access to all my emails whether at home, or when traveling.
    >
    > I just realized that this is going to be a problem, with my Desktop running Vista and Windows Mail, and my Laptop running XP
    > Home and Outlook Express. Obviously, the file structure for the emails is no longer compatible.
    >
    > So:
    >
    > 1. Can I install Windows Mail on my XP Home Laptop? I really prefer Outlook Express, but I need the compatibility with my
    > desktop even more.
    >
    > 2. Any other suggestions on how to deal with this? Web-based email is not an option - I have thousands of emails intricately
    > organized on my systems, and they are not housed on the web servers.
    >
    > Thanks for any information and ideas!
    >
    > --
    > Don
    >
    > remove "lens cap" for email


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Don Cohen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%237LbziKMJHA.1308@xxxxxx

    > My XP Home desktop computer died, and was just replaced with a Vista
    > 64-bit system. I was surprised to see Outlook Express replaced by
    > "Windows Mail" but what can you do. I was able to import messages,
    > address book, etc., and it's all set up fine.
    >
    > I also have a Laptop running XP Home, and used to periodically copy the
    > dbx files from desktop to laptop so that I could have access to all my
    > emails whether at home, or when traveling.
    >
    > I just realized that this is going to be a problem, with my Desktop
    > running Vista and Windows Mail, and my Laptop running XP Home and Outlook
    > Express. Obviously, the file structure for the emails is no longer
    > compatible.
    >
    > So:
    >
    > 1. Can I install Windows Mail on my XP Home Laptop? I really prefer
    > Outlook Express, but I need the compatibility with my desktop even more.
    >
    > 2. Any other suggestions on how to deal with this? Web-based email is
    > not an option - I have thousands of emails intricately organized on my
    > systems, and they are not housed on the web servers.
    >
    > Thanks for any information and ideas!
    >
    > --
    > Don
    >
    > remove "lens cap" for email

    Anybody have any information about this?

    Another email client that is compatible with both Outlook Express and
    Windows Mail that can run under Vista and XP?

    Thanks.


    --
    Don

    remove "lens cap" for email


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    deborah vaught Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?


    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%237LbziKMJHA.1308@xxxxxx

    > My XP Home desktop computer died, and was just replaced with a Vista
    > 64-bit system. I was surprised to see Outlook Express replaced by
    > "Windows Mail" but what can you do. I was able to import messages,
    > address book, etc., and it's all set up fine.
    >
    > I also have a Laptop running XP Home, and used to periodically copy the
    > dbx files from desktop to laptop so that I could have access to all my
    > emails whether at home, or when traveling.
    >
    > I just realized that this is going to be a problem, with my Desktop
    > running Vista and Windows Mail, and my Laptop running XP Home and Outlook
    > Express. Obviously, the file structure for the emails is no longer
    > compatible.
    >
    > So:
    >
    > 1. Can I install Windows Mail on my XP Home Laptop? I really prefer
    > Outlook Express, but I need the compatibility with my desktop even more.
    >
    > 2. Any other suggestions on how to deal with this? Web-based email is
    > not an option - I have thousands of emails intricately organized on my
    > systems, and they are not housed on the web servers.
    >
    > Thanks for any information and ideas!
    >
    > --
    > Don
    >
    > remove "lens cap" for email

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Don Cohen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    "Gary VanderMolen" <Gary@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23FxZB$KMJHA.740@xxxxxx

    > No, you can't install Windows Mail on XP.
    > The best solution for you is to upgrade both email programs to
    > Windows Live Mail, which installs on both Vista and XP.
    > http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >
    > --
    > Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Thanks.

    Sorry I didn't see your response earlier. The display of newsgroup posts in
    Windows Mail is different (not color marked, and not yet set to auto expand
    the threads), so I missed this post.

    It appears that Windows Live Mail is still in beta? Is it "ready for prime
    time"?

    Any significant issues I need to be aware of?

    Thanks.
    --
    Don

    remove "lens cap" for email


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?


    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23NAoSLNMJHA.5060@xxxxxx

    > "Gary VanderMolen" <Gary@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:%23FxZB$KMJHA.740@xxxxxx

    >> No, you can't install Windows Mail on XP.
    >> The best solution for you is to upgrade both email programs to
    >> Windows Live Mail, which installs on both Vista and XP.
    >> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Sorry I didn't see your response earlier. The display of newsgroup posts
    > in Windows Mail is different (not color marked, and not yet set to auto
    > expand the threads), so I missed this post.
    >
    > It appears that Windows Live Mail is still in beta? Is it "ready for
    > prime time"?
    >
    > Any significant issues I need to be aware of?
    >
    > Thanks.
    > --
    > Don
    >
    > remove "lens cap" for email
    >
    There's a new version of it still in beta rest, but you should be able to
    get the old prime time version here:

    http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview



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  7. #7


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:%23NAoSLNMJHA.5060@xxxxxx

    > "Gary VanderMolen" <Gary@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:%23FxZB$KMJHA.740@xxxxxx

    >> No, you can't install Windows Mail on XP.
    >> The best solution for you is to upgrade both email programs to
    >> Windows Live Mail, which installs on both Vista and XP.
    >> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Sorry I didn't see your response earlier. The display of newsgroup posts in Windows Mail is different (not color marked, and
    > not yet set to auto expand the threads), so I missed this post.
    >
    > It appears that Windows Live Mail is still in beta? Is it "ready for prime time"?
    >
    > Any significant issues I need to be aware of?
    Released version (November 2007):
    http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview

    Current beta test version:
    http://download.live.com/wlmail

    The best way to find out about it is to try it.
    If it turns out you don't like it, uninstall, and OE/Windows Mail is back
    just like before.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Don Cohen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    "> Released version (November 2007):

    > http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >
    > Current beta test version:
    > http://download.live.com/wlmail
    >
    > The best way to find out about it is to try it.
    > If it turns out you don't like it, uninstall, and OE/Windows Mail is back
    > just like before.
    >
    > --
    > Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    Thanks Gary (and Robert).

    1. Can both Live versions import messages/folders from Windows Mail and
    Outlook Express, maintaining the proper organizational structure?

    2. Can both Live versions import the Windows Address Book from OE? Windows
    Mail did import my .wab file, but it doesn't maintain the various Groups I
    had set up! It took me quite a while to figure out a work-around and
    repeatedly edit the original .wab file to isolate the groups and import
    separately.

    3. Any substantial known issues with either released or beta version that
    people find to be a "deal killer"?

    I know I can probably find these answers after investing some time, but I'm
    still busy setting up the new system (hardware and software), learning the
    ins and outs of Vista 64-bit (this is my first Vista system), etc.

    Thanks!

    --
    Don

    remove "lens cap" for email


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    mac Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?


    "Don Cohen" <doncohen@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23XCAmvRMJHA.740@xxxxxx

    >"> Released version (November 2007):

    >> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >>
    >> Current beta test version:
    >> http://download.live.com/wlmail
    >>
    >> The best way to find out about it is to try it.
    >> If it turns out you don't like it, uninstall, and OE/Windows Mail is back
    >> just like before.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >
    > Thanks Gary (and Robert).
    >
    > 1. Can both Live versions import messages/folders from Windows Mail and
    > Outlook Express, maintaining the proper organizational structure?
    >
    > 2. Can both Live versions import the Windows Address Book from OE?
    > Windows Mail did import my .wab file, but it doesn't maintain the various
    > Groups I had set up! It took me quite a while to figure out a work-around
    > and repeatedly edit the original .wab file to isolate the groups and
    > import separately.
    >
    > 3. Any substantial known issues with either released or beta version that
    > people find to be a "deal killer"?
    >
    > I know I can probably find these answers after investing some time, but
    > I'm still busy setting up the new system (hardware and software), learning
    > the ins and outs of Vista 64-bit (this is my first Vista system), etc.
    >
    > Thanks!
    They both work, get the latest version.
    It usually imports everything.

    See, and use the newsgroup microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop
    For any problems that others might be encountering?


    --
    Regards Steve.
    MS-MVP. MAIL. [DTS] UK.
    http://www.getsafeonline.org/



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  10. #10


    Don Cohen Guest

    Re: Can You Install and Run Windows Mail on XP?

    > They both work, get the latest version.

    > It usually imports everything.
    >
    > See, and use the newsgroup microsoft.public.windows.live.mail.desktop
    > For any problems that others might be encountering?

    > Regards Steve.
    > MS-MVP. MAIL. [DTS] UK.
    > http://www.getsafeonline.org/
    Thanks Steve. I did just browse around that group. Nothing catastrophic
    reported so far that wasn't user error!

    "It usually imports everything" - including group structure in the Address
    Book?


    Thinking more about this, another work-around occurred to me that might
    avoid needing another mail client:

    If I set both WM and OE to leave email on the server for let's say 7 days,
    then as long as I check email with both systems at least once a week, then
    I'll have copies of all received emails, on both systems.

    And if I blind copy myself on all emails sent (probably configuring new
    specific email accounts for this purpose), then I can also maintain copies
    of all emails sent on both systems in the same fashion.

    That might be the best solution, unless WLM offers some particular
    advantages over both WM and OE.

    Thoughts?

    --
    Don

    remove "lens cap" for email


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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