MS Windows Mail (from Vista) enabled to run on Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by moderate, Oct 14, 2012.

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    #1 moderate, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  2. moderate

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    #2 moderate, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
    (OP)
    I found Calendar useless, so I didn't include it.
    But it is easy:

    Step 1
    •In Vista open: Program Files --> Windows Calendar.
    •Copy the entire Windows Calendar folder.
    •Paste this folder into Program files in Windows 8.
    •Still in program files, open the pasted Windows Calendar folder --> Right click: WinCal --> Send to desktop as shortcut.
    •If desired create a Windows Calendar shortcut in Start menu programs as follows:
    •Choose View options to show hidden folders.
    •Open: Computer --> C: Drive --> Program Data --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Start Menu --> Programs.
    •Paste copy of WinCal shortcut into Start Menu Programs & re-name to: Windows Calendar.

    Step 2
    •In Vista open: Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Task Scheduler.
    •In left window pane expand tree for: Task Scheduler Library --> Microsoft --> Windows.
    •Scroll down Windows tree to: WindowsCalendar --> Click to highlight --> In right window pane click: Export.
    •It opens a file named "Reminders - 'Your User name'.XML"
    •Save this file to desk top or storage folder.

    Step 3
    •Open saved "Reminders.XML" file with Notepad, but do not set Notepad as default opener.
    •Wherever your user name and computer name appear, it must be changed to exactly match your user name and computer name in Windows 8. To find Computer name, right click: Computer --> Properties.
    •See following pic to find where changes need to be made. Note: This image shows "Reminder file" opened in normal view, but it must be opened with Notepad to make changes. Click image to enlarge.

    cal.jpg

    •For example, "Paraclete/Bernard" becomes "Lizzi's Computer/Lizzi".
    •Once changes are made click: Save. Changes will be saved as XML file.

    Step 4
    •In Windows 8 open: Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Task Scheduler.
    •In left window pane expand tree for: Task Scheduler Library --> Microsoft --> Windows.
    •Click: Windows to highlight --> Right click again & select: New Folder.
    •Name new folder exactly as follows: WindowsCalendar with no spaces.
    •Click: OK. The new WindowsCalendar folder is added to the Windows tree in the left pane.

    Step 5
    •Click new folder: "WindowsCalendar" in the Windows tree to highlight --> Right click again to open menu.
    •Select: Import Task --> Browse to where you have saved the "Reminders - .XML" file.
    •Click: "Reminders - .XML" file to import it. If a message appears saying: "The format of the task is not valid" it means you have not changed the computer and user names correctly.
    •In bottom of new window that appears, open: Drop down menu --> Select: Windows 8 --> Click: OK.

    Step 6
    •Open and run the regedit file Cal.reg. This enables Windows Calendar to open in the desktop WinMail.exe interface.
     
  3. moderate

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    #3 moderate, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 20, 2017
    (OP)
    Code:
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  4. moderate

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    I didn't included everything...
    ...BTW: Why to care about WOW? :)
     
  6. inighthawki

    inighthawki MDL Novice

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    Why not just install Windows Live Mail which is compatible with Win8, and has a calendar built in?
     
  7. inighthawki

    inighthawki MDL Novice

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    Care to elaborate on what those missing functions are?
     
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    teribithia MDL Novice

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    Really? Share them :D
     
  11. NiFu

    NiFu MDL Member

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    Can somebody confirm that "MS Windows Mail (from Windows Vista)" not running with Internet Explorer 11 (which comes with Windows 8.1) ?

    • When I open an HTML-email "Windows Mail" crashes.
    • Plain text e-mails can be opened without problems.
    Have tested with Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 (clean installations):
    • With Internet Explorer 10 I can open HTML-emails with "Windows Mail"
    • With Internet Explorer 11 HTML-emails crashes "Windows Mail".
    Event viewer shows problems with "C:\Windows\System32\mshtml.dll"
     
  12. moderate

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    I can confirm, that Windows Mail application is unstable in W8-1. I created IMAP account and I wan't able to download IMAP folders (two crashes and one failure).
    I think it will help to run it in compatibility mode, however compatibility tab is missing for winmail.exe as part of Windows and renaming the EXE will cause, that application will not run.
    What MSOE.DLL file you have used for replacement? The Vista's one?
     
  13. NiFu

    NiFu MDL Member

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    Yes, I used the Vista's one. And the correct bit version.
    For running Windows Mail with Windows 8/8.1 you also need the file "msidcrl30.dll" - either from Vista or Windows 7 (C:\Windows\System32\msidcrl30.dll)

    OK - but this seems to be an other problem. My problem has more to do with showing HTML emails, because event viewer shows problems with "C:\Windows\System32\mshtml.dll".

    Now I use temporary "Windows Live Mail" - but that has drawbacks:
    • No background images
    • No background sound
    • No HTML view / editor
    • Very confusing if you have many emails accounts