Many people have been disappointed to discover that Windows Mail is
not included in Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. In it's place is a new
email program called Windows Live Mail that's earned its fair share of
scorn. Windows Live Mail does have nearly the same feature set as Windows Mail,
except for a few crucial areas which seem to be deal breakers.
In Windows Live Mail; 1) Email accounts are listed separately in the left
column instead of combined into a single Inbox. With multiple email accounts
this can get messy, fast. 2) Importing email from other mail programs can be
more difficult. 3) Seamless integration with online Windows Live Messenger puts
people off. 4) The user interface for Windows Live Mail is different enough from
Windows Mail to leave many unhappy about the change.
Faced with this, many readers using Windows 7 for the first time have asked
PCSTATS how they can go back to the familiar format and capabilities of Windows
Mail. Microsoft has removed that choice, and officially your only option is to
install Office 2007 or find a new third party email program to learn from
Luckily there is a way to bring Windows Mail back from the dead. In this Tech
Tip PCSTATS will show you how to make Windows Mail work in a Windows 7.
Experience with Windows Command
Prompt would be helpful, see this Guide if
you need a refresher.
Here's how: First make sure you have Administrator
privileges, then right-click on 'Start' and open Windows Explorer > from the
top menu bar select 'Tools' > Folder Options > View > enable 'Show
hidden files, folders and drives', uncheck 'hide extensions for known file
types' and uncheck 'hide protected operating system files'. Click Ok.
Click on 'Start' and type "CMD" into where it says 'search programs and
files' to bring up the Command Prompt window. Navigate to the Windows Mail
folder by typing: "cd c:\program files\windows mail" (just the bit
between the quotes) and hitting the 'Enter' key to execute the command.
Next we need to take ownership of the msoe.dll file which is located in the
Windows Mail folder by typing: "takeown /F msoe.dll"
should respond with this message: SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "C:\Program
Files\Windows Mail\msoe.dll" now owned by user "USERNAME-PC\USERNAME"
After that's done, assign full control permissions to the administrator group
for this file by typing: "ICACLS msoe.dll /grant administrators:F"
You now have full ownership of this file and can rename it. Let's do that.
While still in the Command Prompt window type: "rename msoe.dll
msoe.dl_" (We're renaming the original file to essentially back it up and
put it out of reach of Windows 7.)
Next you'll need to copy the 'msoe.dll' file from a computer installed with
Windows Vista onto a USB drive. This file is stored in the
C:\Program Files\Windows Mail folder in Vista. If your Win7 PC is 64-bit, copy
the file from a Vista 64-bit system.
Paste the Vista msoe.dll file from the USB drive into the Windows 7 PC
c:\Program Files\Windows Mail folder, then right click on 'WinMail.exe' and
select "Send to > Desktop (create short cut)." That's it, you should now have
a fully operational version of Windows Mail running in Windows 7! Best of all,
Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail can be run concurrently so you can use either
email program you wish.
Note that future Microsoft patches may cause Windows Mail to become
unavailable once more. If that happens you will need to reinstate the Vista
msoe.dll file into the Windows 7 folder to regain full use of Windows Mail under
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