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How To Import Windows Calendar for Vista into Windows 8.1

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    How To Import Windows Calendar for Vista into Windows 8.1


    It’s a step-to-step explanation how to install good old Vista Calendar into Windows 8.1 (and Windows 7 BTW) with working reminders.

    Important warnings:

    1. Due to we deal with permissions of NTFS system, I HIGHLY suggest to make system backup prior to start making something, and when I talk “system backup”, I mean image creation but not simple backup user files. So, if things will start bad, don’t talk I don’t warn You!
    2. I haven’t any responsibilities for damage You devices or crash You systems because of using actual instructions, no matter completely or partially they were used.
    3. You ALWAYS should to mess with Program Files folder, no matter which one OS You have: 32-bit or 64-bit. NEVER EVER use Program Files (x86)!
    4. I haven’t until now Windows 10, moreover, I haven’t any plan to use those windows from M$ headquarter into my system, so don’t ask me about that spyware, I know nothing!


    Credits:
    I appreciate somebody has nickname Greg S from sevenforums.com forum for his WinCalEdit registry tweak

    Apologies:
    Since I’m not English speaking person, I’m sorry for my broken English


    Introducing
    There are a whole bunch of how-tos install Microsoft Vista Calendar into later OSes on internet, but all of them seem to simple copy and past one from another, hence any of them suffer same problem: reminders won’t full working, i.e. one using calendar have to have it opened in background for reminders popups come up. It’s no good for device resources using alongside with battery consumption as well. If You stop backround running Calendar app, it will stop reminders working, but who needs calendar which never reminds about appointments and tasks? So, we’ll correct it and Calendar will start to work exactly how it supposed to work in Vista.
    I tested everything on Windows 7 and 8.1 desktop editions 32-bit and 64-bit both and things are OK. I didn’t test anything on RT editions nor any version of Windows 8, and I don’t think I’ll do it in the future.

    Please keep on mind, I suppose You’re using system which is clean of any other “suggestions” to make a Calendar work. I can’t (and I don’t want honestly) guess what’s wrong after a couple of different how-tos were applied. So, if You tried something else before and were unlucky, just make clean install of system and try from the scratch.

    First of all, login into system under Administrator account

    STEP1. Making task folder for Calendar

    May I ask You to read my warning No.1 from above and follow that suggestion? Thanks! Well, now You should go to Windows\System32\Tasks folder and open it. Please keep on mind there is similar folder "Tasks" one level upper, i.e. Windows\Tasks, so don’t be messed: it’s wrong folder for us. You need exactly that one under the Windows\System32\Tasks path.
    Well, let’s open it. You’ll get a system warning

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    Just press “Continue” and go farther into Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsft\Windows and create WindowsCalendar folder. Be sure You created folder under exact name without space between “Windows” and “Calendar”

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    STEP2. System permissions setting

    It’s a most complex part because maximum attention is required. Actually, all You need is read carefully and do exactly what I wrote, but EXACTLY is a keyword
    Well, first step You need is change owner of folder You created from system to current user account. You can look into nice how-to here

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    Just two notes about that operation:

    • You don’t need tick checkbox “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”
    • You DO need press “Disable inheritance” button and then untick checkbox “Replace all child object permissions from this object”. When You get message


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    just select “Convert inherited permissions…”
    Now You’re ready to edit permissions in Advanced Security Properties window (look here

    Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8

    Option Three is what You need)
    So, edit those advanced permissions in accordance with following tables. Header points to permission entry and “Applies to” column, plus points to ticked appropriate permission; if plus is absent, then appropriate permission must be unticked
    Administrators This folder and subfolders
    Full control +
    Traverse folder / execute file +
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files +
    Delete +
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions +
    Take ownership +

    Administrators This folder and files
    Full control
    Traverse folder / execute file
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files
    Delete +
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions +
    Take ownership +

    SYSTEM This folder and subfolders
    Full control +
    Traverse folder / execute file +
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files +
    Delete +
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions +
    Take ownership +

    SYSTEM This folder and files
    Full control
    Traverse folder / execute file
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files
    Delete +
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions +
    Take ownership +

    Authenticated Users this folder and subfolders
    Full control
    Traverse folder / execute file
    List folder / read data
    Read attributes
    Read extended attributes
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files
    Delete
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions
    Take ownership

    CREATOR OWNER Subfolders and files only
    Full control +
    Traverse folder / execute file +
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data +
    Create folders / append data +
    Write attributes +
    Write extended attributes +
    Delete subfolders and files +
    Delete +
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions +
    Take ownership +


    The only exceptions are LOCAL SERVICE and NETWORK SERVICE entries, which ones must to stay untouched.
    Next thing You need to do here is missed “user” entry add. You should to use table below for user account permissions similar to previous tables

    User_name This folder, subfolders and files
    Full control
    Traverse folder / execute file +
    List folder / read data +
    Read attributes +
    Read extended attributes +
    Create files / write data
    Create folders / append data
    Write attributes
    Write extended attributes
    Delete subfolders and files
    Delete
    Read permissions +
    Change permissions
    Take ownership

    User_name means current user name.
    Last thing You need is get owner rights for folder back to system account.
    I noticed that in some machines name is “SYSTEM” but it’s “system” on others. So look at proper name on Advanced security setting page and use it. Remember accounts name are case sensitive!

    STEP3. Copy Windows Calendar system files
    It’s quiet simple step: You just need to open archive

    EnableWindowsCalendar.zip

    and copy appropriate folder Windows Calendar into Program Files folder on Your machine: from x86 part if You have 32-bit machine or from x64 if You have 64-bit one. Don’t make stupid mistake and don’t deal with Program Files (x86) when You are on 64-bit machine! "Program Files" folder HAS to be used no matter what kind of OS You are on: 32-bit or 64-bit.
    Russian speaking guys: surprise-surprise! EnableWindowsCalendar supports Russian language too! For all other peeps from Germans to Chineese: Windows Calendar is localized program that means You must to find Windows Vista Calendar locale folder for Your language (de-DE for Germans, fr-FR for Frenches and so on) by yourself. I’m really sorry guys, but that’s all I can say to You.
    You’ll meet system warning while copying

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    Just press “Continue” and voila!
    Now right click on WinCal.exe file and select “Create shortcut”. System will warn You:

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    Answer “Yes” and leave Shortcut after it creation on desktop or move it wherever You want.

    STEP4. Install Windows Calendar into system

    It’s a final step: run WinCalEdit.rar file right from the archive to bring changes into Windows registry. File is common for both versions of Windows: 32-bit and 64-bit.

    That’s all: enjoy freshly installed full-function version of Windows Calendar
    Last edited by NoMatterWho; 12 Jan 2016 at 11:43. Reason: Some view improvements

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