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How to use Winmail on Windows 8.

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    Posts : 1
    windows 7

    How to use Winmail on Windows 8.


    Here's a solution for all who want to use winmail and windows 8.

    The procedure is almost the same as windows 7 , but we will need a dll file.

    First , we do the same procedure as in windows 7 :

    a) Take ownership of winmail forder ( if you use windows 8x64 , you need to take oweneship of program files/winmail and program files(x86)/winmail). Remember to check the " show system files " before that.

    b) Delete all the files in winmail forder and replace them with the windows 7 / winmail files.

    c) Copy msidcrl30.dll to c:/windows/system32 folder

    d) Now , we have to register the above dll. Open cmd and type : regsvr32 "c:/windows/system32\msidcrl30.dll" and press enter.

    Reboot , just in case , and you're done !!
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    Thanks for the info !
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    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    When i register regsvr32 "c:/windows/system32\msidcrl30.dll" i get the RegSVR32 message saying the dll is not compatible with the x86 ver of win8 i'm running.

    Repeated process (after reboots) but still doing something wrong.

    Just recalled that i ran "WinMailEdit" prior to starting instructions in this post - could that be my issue?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Last edited by fastfade; 10 Feb 2012 at 07:38.
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    1. I have got windows mail from vista working on w8 beta. You have to save the mail prog for vista (32 or 64 bit) according to which version of w8 you use. I use 32 (not tried with 64 bit). Then change permissions of windows mail in W8, bit of a pain, delete the files and the en-us folder, then copy the vista windows mail files to the windows 8 mail folder. Received an error message about msidcrl30.dll, but downloaded version c.1.7100.0, put it in windows\system32 folder and it works. Think problem was with the later version.
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    c.1.7100.0
    It makes thing imagine Windows build 6.2.7100

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    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    i'll just wait a bit for Windows 8 Consumer Preview version & give it a go then...i've used the workaround several times successfully with win7 32/64bit. i most likely just botched my initial effort with win8.
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    Posts : 56
    Windows 8 x64


    i just got it working. just follow the instructions above

    make sure windows mail is in program files as opposed to program files (x86) and it should work

    just imported all my old folders etc, got 2 email accounts working on it now... aullll good
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    Posts : 12
    Windows 8-7-XP-98


    I use Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32 bit.

    The msidcrl30.dll from the download above seems to be the 64-bit version? It doesn't work on my system.
    My Windows 7 version (32-bit) also doesn't work.

    Who can help me with a working msidcrl30.dll version so I can use Winmail in Windows 8 CP? Thanks...
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    Posts : 56
    Windows 8 x64


    there is a post mentioned here may be of help to you
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    Posts : 25
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10


    Just for fun I installed WinMail on Win8 this afternoon (May, 2012) to play a little...
    I was surprised to see that MS must have intended to use WinMail on 8 since for whatever reason 8 comes stock with the same 'Program Files/Windows Mail' folder as it was on 7, just like Vista has where of course WinMail works as is. On 7 & 8 successively MS had even built newer version WinMail files too, but upon each OS's release WinMail was not activated and so all by themselves the files would not start WinMail until retro modifications were made, similar to what we did on 7. I suspect it's very possible they use these files for their built-in Mail client and is why they keep updating them.

    Doing a little work on 8, transferring files from 7 and a few other things although not exactly like it's listed in posts above, iow, I did not need to regsvr the msidcrl30.dll (gave me a dllregisterserver error when I did) ...but anyway it worked without regsvr. You do not need a specific version of msidcrl30.dll like it says above, since I tried many different versions and they all work, but might as well just use the current msidcrl30.dll out of 7 as it is today, since WinMail works very well with it there and so just copy it from your /System32 folder from 7 over to 8. Keep in mind of course what OS you're using whether x86 or x64 since you cannot mix or substitute files from one into the other.

    Now when I went to delete the existing 'Program Files/Windows Mail' folder with the necessary permissions, at first I started typing the cmd's out but was a p.i.t.a, and so instead I used from our forums administrator Brink who created This neat little 'Add_Take_Ownership.reg' to do it quicker, with benefits. After using that, then right click on the Windows Mail folder, Take Ownership, and then deleted the folder. Then copied my existing working Windows 7 (or Vista) Windows Mail folder over to Windows 8. (I have my own so didn't need to use the Windows Mail folder attached to the first post) Next I merged WinMailEdit.reg (as of June, 2015 now supplied at the bottom of this post) This registry file is nearly identical (minus SxS keys) to the WinMailEdit.reg offered over on the WinMail on Windows 7 thread for its benefits which makes WinMail accurate for all the reasons that have been discussed over the years within the WinMail on 7 thread. The same process applies to Windows 8 or Windows 10.

    Note: The first thing you should do after you first setup WinMail and get it Working - is then make a copy of your 'Windows Mail' folder and save it just for these reasons below:
    ...If you update from Windows 8 to 8.1, or as well with many MS updates that come along, they Will stop WinMail from working, but no problem, just replace the Windows Mail folder again with your working one to bring it back working.
    ...Also! ..if you run SFC /SCANNOW it Will Break WinMail's operation each time you run it, no matter if you are on Windows 8 or Windows 10 - it will replace Many of the files within your Windows Mail folder. The way to fix it is very easy though, once again copy/paste your saved working 'Windows Mail' folder replacing the one that's there. (you'll first have to take ownership of it again if needed, as already described)
    Anytime any new MS Windows Updates or SFC /SCANNOW ..breaks WinMail ..you can fix it simply by Taking Ownership of the Windows Mail folder again (needed when having done major updates/upgrades) and replacing the current Windows Mail folder with your saved 'working' backup one.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    2015 Revised
    Instructions how to install WinMail to Windows 8 or 10
    :

    ~ install Brinks Take Ownership.reg Here
    ~ Then right click on your W8 'Program Files/Windows Mail' folder, and click Take Ownership.
    ~ Then right click on your W8 'Program Files/Windows Mail' folder, and Delete it.
    ~ Then copy/paste your saved *working* Windows 7 'Windows Mail' folder to Windows 8 same.
    ~ Create a shortcut from the WinMail.exe you just copied - to the Desktop.
    ~ copy/paste your Windows 7 C:\Windows\System32\msidcrl30.dll file over to Windows 8 same.
    ~ Download the WinMailEdit.reg (supplied at the bottom of this post) ..and merge it (x86/x64)
    ~ Then you are done..
    ~ Start WinMail and she opens immediately..
    ...from here you setup the Windows Mail client as normal...

    Anyway, within minutes I had WinMail start up instantly in each of these OS's below.
    Here's the first run screenshots back on Win 8 beta CP, to Win 8.1, to all Windows 10 Preview versions so far.
    Screenshots of WinMail on Win8 beta CP to Win 8.1 & Win10 Preview 9841, 10041, 10162, 10240

    I agree with all the disclaimer warning statements given at the WinMail on 7 thread, that using WinMail on 7, let alone using it on Windows 8 or especially Windows 10 - is Not Supported, and is a special per-user decision who Understands Completely what the Tutorials warning article is saying! ...but having said that if you totally do get it, and importantly have the technical ability to make the changes! ..then like so many of us enjoy and much prefer using WinMail on Windows 7, 8, or 10 ..ymmv

    WinMail Bug List which affects using WinMail in Windows 7, 8, or 10, and Most likely will never be fixed.

    For those who don't have the x86 msidcrl30.dll (since the first post only supplies x64) then here it is attached:
    Also the WinMailEdit.reg is attached:
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    Last edited by endeavor; 1 Week Ago at 14:48. Reason: added Win10 build 10240
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