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How to use Winmail on Windows 8.

  1. #171


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Quote Originally Posted by endeavor View Post
    I thank you for you thoughts bill, and I apologize if I was too hard on you about it; I've edited it to soften.

    I'm also going to edit the wording of post 10 too so that it's clear for someone Not to mix x86 or x64 OS files one to the other. ..and so in the end I Thank You for your mishap, which helped to make the instructions even more clearer.

    All the best, and take good care!
    No need to apologize endeavor, I can understand your frustration after so many edits. I once was a procedure writer at a nuclear power plant & I've so many time had 1 kicked back cause some one read something different due to my wording of what it was supposed to say.
    Again thanks so much for your help & all you do to help us that like using Windows Mail.. Don't see why MS can't see that so many of us use it but yet they still include it with the OSs.
    Good night..............Bill

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  2. #172


    Posts : 80
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)


    Your welcome,

    Yes I surly understand what else you have said.
    _________

    Also to your last thought, the few thousand of us that prefer WinMail over their new version is inconsequential, since they use what they do now because it fits their $ model better, and their new software flow.

    We'll keep WinMail going for as long as we can though.

    Yes for sure good night, is way past my bedtime too, and I've finished up my last bit of editing - for now anyway.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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  3. #173


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    Hello there, My dad purchased a PC yesterday with Windows 8.1 installed and was using Windows Vista until the hard drive started to pack it in. I want to install Winmail for him as he is used to it (not computer savvy) and the resident Win 8 mail app looks like crap. I followed the instructions that Endeavor posted and downloaded the files he linked with the updated Sept 1 2015 install guide. The only difference is i used another program called Take Ownership to "Take Ownership" of the folders.

    When I click the shortcut to Winmail.exe (Program Files/Winmail) it just hangs and I can hear the HD humming away doing something. I've waited 15 mins and nothing works, the system is bogged down and laggy until I restart the computer. I have tried this 3-4 times now and keep getting the same result.

    System specs: Intel i3 8gb RAM Windows 8.1 64bit OS

    Next thing I am going to try is using the reg file linked to "Take Ownership" to see if that's the problem. Anyone else have any other ideas?
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  4. #174


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Make sure you are putting the x64 msidcrl30.dll in your Windows>System32 Folder. That's what my problem was, I had the x86 file in it instead. Once I put that in, all is working good.
    Good luck but make sure you follow instructions provided by endeavor to a "T" at post 10 of this thread.
    Good luck.............Bill
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  5. #175


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    I made sure i was using a the x64 .dll file thats why I can't figure it out

    I'll try the reg file tomorrow that allows the ownership and see if that works

    Do i need to take ownership of system32 as well?
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  6. #176


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    Do not need to take Ownership of System32, only Program Files\Windows Mail then Delete the Windows Mail Folder then put the Windows Mail Folder in it's place that you'll use.
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  7. #177


    Kentucky
    Posts : 21
    Windows XP/VISTA/7/10


    [QUOTE=endeavor;524055]
    Quote Originally Posted by hillmonkey View Post

    ps,
    (thank you billg226 for trying to be of help to him, appreciate it)
    Your welcome Endeavor, passing on lessons learned from you. Happy & safe Labor Day weekend........Bill
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  8. #178


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    Thanks for the replies. I wasn't doing any extra steps etc, was just thinking out loud, lol. I appreciate the time and effort you went through to get people connected to Winmail. It still didn't work for me today using the reg file to take ownership, so I installed Thunderbird as its closer to Winmail than the native Windows 8 mail app. When I finally get around to upgrading from Win 7 to Win 10, I might try again on my computer.

    The steps I took:
    1) take ownership via reg file (linked from instructions)
    2) Take Ownership of Winmail folder from c:\Program Files\Winmail
    3) Delete Winmail folder in c:\Program Files
    4) Transfer "working" (x64) Winmail Folder to c:\Program Files
    5) Send winmail.exe as shortcut to desktop from c:\Program Files\Winmail
    6) Copy msidcrl30.dll (x64 version) to c:\Windows\System32
    7) Merge WinMailEdit.reg from computer downloads folder

    Now I wasn't 100% sure if I had to move the WinMailEdit.reg file to another location first.

    After all this, I click winmail.exe shortcut on desktop and all I get is the Windows swirling circle, but nothing loads, and it continues until I restart / shut down

    Thanks again, I'll make sure to give ya a thumbs up!
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  9. #179


    Posts : 80
    Vista/Win7/Win8/Win10 (x86/x64)


    hillmonkey,

    I owe you (and whomever the first 8 other people were) who downloaded the (x64)WM_ProgramsFolder.zip
    ....a very Big Apology!
    I'm human, and made a mistake a few days ago when I was organizing the new upload attachments. I had two computers and two computer screens open at the same time as I was transferring/renaming files from my test bench computer to my main one getting ready for uploading - I realized this morning as I duplicated your problem, that I had made one mistake in the renaming process and it was on that one x64 zip file (fwiw, inside was really the x86 WM folder, and thus explains your observations)
    My Sincere Apologies! ...I can't tell you how much I mean that! ! ! ! !
    I've just re-zipped the one right out of my own x64 WM programs folder and re-uploaded it onto post #10

    Thank you for your great courtesy, and thank you for your patience and understanding.
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  10. #180


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    Thank you, for taking the time to re-create the problem and checking your files. I will most likely leave my dads computer alone since you are right, I am the one who has to update, fix, manage their PC, so I don't need to be doing that on a weekly basis =D
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