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Old 27. Jul 2009, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is my understanding that Outlook Express will not be part of Win7.
Worse, you have to use Windows Live Mail.
Is there some way to extract the Outlook Express program from Windows XP and integrate it with Win7?
I've tried Thunderbird and it is OK except, and this is vital, you can't edit out all the garbage when forwarding a message... garbage being, among other extraneous material, the usually long list of from/to's, subjects, etc.
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Old 27. Jul 2009, 10:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is my understanding that Outlook Express will not be part of Win7.
Worse, you have to use Windows Live Mail.
Is there some way to extract the Outlook Express program from Windows XP and integrate it with Win7?
I've tried Thunderbird and it is OK except, and this is vital, you can't edit out all the garbage when forwarding a message... garbage being, among other extraneous material, the usually long list of from/to's, subjects, etc.
OE wasn't even included in Vista, Windows Mail took its' place. Windows 7 will not include an email client. I assume Microsoft think large companies will be using Outlook and that many home users rely on web mail. I'm not sure if Thunderbird has an option to remove all 'history' when forwarding an email. I'll have a look and get back to you.
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Old 28. Jul 2009, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My understanding is that WLM is basically an updated version of OE. A fresh look, more reliable mail storage, spell checker, better security, menus moved around a bit. I'm surprised WLM can't do the same as OE for you, have you given it a try?
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 08:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i've heard that Outlook 2007 SP2 runs fine in Windows 7, but it's certainly not free.

you can get Windows Mail running in Windows 7 if you happen to have Vista on another partition:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...dows-mail.html

but as for Outlook Express, i don't imagine you'll have much luck, since OE is tied into IE6, and you can't run IE6 on Windows 7 without removing the IE that's already there.

you can, however, run OE in Virtual XP Mode, but that requires you to be using Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/0...-in-windows-7/
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 09:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Managed to figure out Windows Live Mail

First, thank you to all who replied with suggestions.
I just spent an hour with Windows Live Mail and finally, and inadvertently, discovered that 'sync' really means 'send/receive'.
I further discovered where they hid the stuff so I can back it up.
So, I am going with WLM.
Thanks again to everyone.
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Old 31. Jul 2009, 07:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have just spent the last 2 days trying to let WLM grow on me like OE has (I'm still on XP). I just can't handle the look of it though. It's all so pale, not enough contrast and the borders around windows are not obvious enough ie. if you're composing a new mail the window blends with the WLM main window. It also won't pick up on my system colours but at the same time there seems to be no skins around for it
I also don't like the way it loses the title bar when the window is restored and the lack of icons in the toolbars.

They're all the visual things but the main thing that forced me back to OE for now is the poor contact setup. Despite setting up categories for my contacts such as family, business and rare these seem to serve no purpose. If I create a new email and want to send it to family I still have to wade through everyone in my contacts not to mention all their 2nd addresses they often have.

I also don't have anything good to say about T/bird. I intend to try out DreamMail tomorrow. Please, please, please let it have 90% of what I want.
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Old 01. Aug 2009, 01:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've spent a couple of hours playing around with DreamMail and really like it. Yes you can edit out the garbage DaveR when forwarding. If you liked OE (like I do) and don't like T/bird (like I didn't) then I'd really recommend trying DreamMail.
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