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How to use Winmail on Windows 8.

  1. #51


    Texas
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    Is this done the same way that it was done in Windows 8? Mine was working until I updated to 8.1

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  2. #52


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Yes. Upgrading is like installing a service pack or doing a repair install or an sfc /scannow, in all cases hacks like winmail tend to be undone, therefore you have to redo them.
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  3. #53


    Quote Originally Posted by mark54 View Post
    I installed the update Windows 8 to 8.1
    Now Winmail does not work.
    What to do?

    use gmail, its excellent
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  4. #54


    Texas
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    I put msidcrl30.dll in my system 32 folder. Deleted Windows Mail folders in Program Files. Copied my Windows Mail folder from Program files on my Windows 7 (64) computer to a usb stick and then pasted it in Program Files on my Windows 8.1 machine. Now my old email is working like a champ.
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  5. #55


    Texas
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    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mark54 View Post
    I installed the update Windows 8 to 8.1
    Now Winmail does not work.
    What to do?

    use gmail, its excellent
    I use gmail for my junk stuff so my main acct stays fairly clean.
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  6. #56


    Quote Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
    I put msidcrl30.dll in my system 32 folder. Deleted Windows Mail folders in Program Files. Copied my Windows Mail folder from Program files on my Windows 7 (64) computer to a usb stick and then pasted it in Program Files on my Windows 8.1 machine. Now my old email is working like a champ.

    I thought that if you copied software directly, it would not work as the Registry had no corresponding entry, or does windows 8 now do it automatically?
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  7. #57


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Well in this case it's rather complicated, as Windows Mail is already installed, but it's deactivated and therefore invisible so most registry entries needed are already there. The reason the files are already there is to power other applications such as Calendar, and suchlike, or so I believe. Replacing files with the Vista ones activates it.
    It's a shame Microsoft never developed it past Vista but I think it had something to do with the darn EU & other Governments stupidly insisting on Microsoft giving users multiple choices, which they always had anyway, and an unbundled version of Windows, which made it not worthwhile pursuing.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 21 Oct 2013 at 07:40.
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  8. #58


    Slightly off topic but will be glad when we leave the corrupt EU.
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  9. #59


    Texas
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    It may have already been in the registry already from my failed attempts to get it to work before I deleted the other Windows Mail folders. To be honest, I don't know. All I do know is after several failed attempts, I deleted the original Windows Mail folders, put the dll file in System 32 folder, and copied the Windows Mail folder off my Windows 7 machine and pasted it in Program Files on the Windows 8.1 machine...

    Now I did have it working BEFORE I updated from 8 to 8.1. I don't know if that would have anything to do with it or not. To be honest, I'm not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree when it comes to the Registry.
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  10. #60


    I have software which looks after the pc including the Registry and have not had problems, yet. The amount of residue left over in there is astounding. Needs a good clean at least once a week. Advanced System Care (I have the Pro version) does it all for me. The 'freebie' version does this too.
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